Day 27 NaPoWriMo: Taste



Do you remember your first taste of cream?

You were the fuzzy eyed bambi in a colostrum daydream,

They broke bread, you ate,

So many first tastes:

Dense cotton candy circus peanuts,

Salty blue corn chips made of tortilla,

Greasy hamburgers, tomato cheese tin of spaghettio’s for lunch,

Crisp, watery cucumber and orange carrot crunch,

Bubblegum amoxicillin when you were sick,

Pills softly sliding in buttery syrup,

I spit out my first sushi,

Had some more when I found out I just didn’t care for seaweed,

Homemade Creme Brulee, hummus and beef tacos with kidney beans,

Dad’s 20 layer salad, Mom’s enchiladas, tuna casserole and rainbow funfetti,

Food tastes like community and memories,

All of which are salty, bitter, sour, savory and sweet.


Day 16: NaPoWriMo: Letter





Dear Dad,

It’s the month you were born in and why I have the name I do,

Do you ever think of me? I often think of you.

Black cat, named Blackie, fireplaces and tire swings,

Zip line, candy bars, hitting a house in reverse while you and Mom were arguing,

Expansive stars,

Laughter and acoustic guitars,

Your jean jacket jingled decorated with AA chips,

A soldier of sobriety, your best friend was named Kip,

Kip and Kristine knew karate,

You were well versed in cooking amazing food and human anatomy,

Bags of hamburgers, white rain shampoo,

a single teardrop, your only tattoo.

Exploring an icy cave in the middle of summer,

Getting to play with your neighbor’s gallon load super soaker.

Do you remember the day that I went to work with you?

You gave me butterscotch pudding and an elderly woman braided your long hair in two.

You gave so much love and care to so many,

It’s sad to me, how you couldn’t give yourself any.

For a time, I was scared I would burn out just like you,

Gradually my life revealed that to not be true,

But I will always carry the music and the servant’s heart,

The boundless dreams, reality and the endless stars.

Day Two NaPoWriMo: Recipe*


Cheesy Beef Dip

Simmer 1 pound ground beef and a small can of ruby tomato paste,

Resist the urge to take a taste,

Add in 1 Tbsp of garlic and chop it very fine,

And to that add 1/4 cup of onions and as you dice ’em try not to cry,

Now 1/4 cup of ketchup if you do so please,

Also a block of cream cheese,

Stir it all up,

Heads Up,

It may look like mush,


I assure you it pairs very well with tortilla chips,

And I can truly say that this dip will leave you licking your lips.

It’s good for super bowls, baby showers and graduations,

And really anywhere beef and cheese are welcomed as a food of celebration.

*Thanks for reading! Also, disclaimer, I don’t know the actual recipe and the picture above isn’t of the recipe in the poem, my Mom made this dip when I was a kid and I honestly eyeball it every single time I make it but I tried to best convey how to make this dip, but if you make it as the recipe says, I’m not sure how it will turn out!