Thursday, November 5, 2009

ReadWritePoem Monthly Challenge: 5 on 1: Day 3

Whoopie Pies


1 cup milk
5 tbls. flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbls. vanilla
1 cup shortening

1. Cook milk and flour over medium heat until it forms a ball and then cool.
2. In a bowl put sugar, vanilla, and shortening. Mix
3. Add to cooked mixture. Cool.


½ cup cocoa
½ cup hot water
½ cup sour milk
2 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 ¾ cups flour
¼ tsp. salt

1. Mix cocoa and hot water together.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well.
3. Spoon onto a greased baking sheet in desired size.
4. Cook for 12 minutes at 350˚.
5. Cool before filling
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Whoopie Pies

Nancy was the middle child
always second best,
bursting at the seams, and wild.

Late for supper, full of guile,
feeling like a guest
even though she was our middle child.

My father’d sit at the table, riled,
“Do you have to be such a pest?
Why are you so wild?”

Nancy just sat there and smiled.
“Why can’t you be like the rest?”
She replied, “Because I’m the middle child.”

And there sat the whoopie pies piled
on a plate with the filling pressed
between the layers, bursting and wild.


Julie Jordan Scott said...

Wow. A pie poem including Nancy that is a Villanelle.

I feel like I have burst into Heaven and welcomed with open arms!

Matthew said...

Our younger daughter will be the middle child, come March, so I can't help but wonder if she and I will be like the father & daughter in this poem... :)

These are so great, Linda. Even though this is the first formally structured poem of the group, it doesn't feel at all out of place or forced into the form. Definitely looking forward to the final two!

Minerva said...

Wow, I never would have thought to link a child's personality to a whoopie pie--that's why it's so surprising and so effective. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I commend you for writing a villanelle! They are hard to do. Yesterday I met a woman who had just read 500 villanelles for an anthology she was editing!

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Forgot to type in my name on that last comment--
Therese L. Broderick

Anonymous said...

I've got to say, I am coming to love your sister.
I am no good at formed poetry, and you make this thing seem natural and effortless. It's a real joy.

Anonymous said...

found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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