Angels, Raindrops and A Poem

06 Jan

I collected all my angels together as I cleared the decorations this morning. They are reminders of so many happy times as I have been buying a new one every year for  many years. Click any photo to see more angels and the detail.

The rain stopped for a little while today and I caught this photo of raindrops.



I have another poem for you from my new book….

 The Iceberg Theory  by Gerald Locklin

all the food critics hate iceberg lettuce.
you’d think romaine was descended from
orpheus’s laurel wreath,
you’d think raw spinach had all the nutritional
benefits attributed to it by popeye,
not to mention aesthetic subtleties worthy of
veriaine and debussy.
they’ll even salivate over chopped red cabbage
just to disparage poor old mr. iceberg lettuce.

I guess the problem is
it’s just too common for them.
It doesn’t matter that it tastes good,
has a satisfying crunchy texture,
holds its freshness
and has crevices for the dressing,
whereas the darker, leafier varieties
are often bitter, gritty, and flat.
It just isn’t different enough and
it’s too goddamn american.

of course a critic has to criticize;
a critic has to have something to say
perhaps that’s why literary critics
purport to find interesting
so much contemporary poetry
that just bores the shit out of me.

at any rate, I really enjoy a salad
with plenty of chunky iceberg lettuce,
the more the merrier,
drenched in an Italian or roquefort dressing.
and the poems I enjoy are those I don’t have
to pretend that I’m enjoying.


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10 responses to “Angels, Raindrops and A Poem

  1. athling2001

    January 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Beautiful angels. Have you ever made angels with a seashell?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    lovely angels…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Susan

    January 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Hooray for iceberg lettuce, and angels!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Grannymar

    January 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Love all your angels.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ladysighs

    January 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I am going to try kale for the first time this week.
    I like all kinds of greens especially if someone else does the fixin’. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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