Thursday, 4 October 2012

The red velvet cupcake


fresh salad and pumpkin soup,
my dinner for the last months,
or to be more precise, my diet to be slim as a vine  

autumn leaves are filling the ground -
speckled yellow, dotted golden and papered cheese - 
reminding me of harvest, buttered corn and roasted turkey   

my stomach grumbles with each spoonful,
thinking of cupcakes lining up in the bakeshop -  
chocolates, lemon and most of all, red velvet cupcakes -

"She said that the cupcakes are the best desserts, easy to make and
you don't feel guilty as it is a single serving.  One can be very creative
in its presentation, using flavored icing and toppings."

my finger idly traces the orange peels like broken glass on the table linen 
-- ironic that what is kept away is most often in one's thoughts -- 
sugar temptations, sprinkled or whipped, whisper at every turn 

only the mirror knows my madness,  
with expectations heavy on slim shoulders
I fork the salad greens, pressing down on the craving at every turn.    

"Just two-thirds of the way up is perfect as cupcakes expand when baked, 
and if the cupcake pans are filled any higher, the batter will spill over when baked. 
Any less than two-thirds, and the cupcake won't "dome." 

i found a big pine cone, broken petal and famished rain, fallen star
beneath the needles leaves and maple tree, and I took it inside,
feeling kinship with imperfect beauty  
  


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                                                Dexter theme cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery


her lips quivered with thoughts of red velvet cupcake

topped with whipped cream and cherry syrup --

it was a constant battle between her sugar tooth

and dieting for an hour glass figure to please her fiance 

after three months,  she finally gave up and binged --

the cupcake was sinfully sweeter than his kisses



First post:   D'verse Poets Pub:  Post-modern prose
Second post: Flash Fiction Friday - For the G-Man - A post in 55 words.

picture credit:   here

46 comments:

  1. Hi Grace
    I absolutely loved that last stanza of the first one. Really lovely
    And i loved the wink in the second piece. Way to tell him!
    Have a great wknd if i don't bump into ya again.
    ~rick

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    1. Thanks for the compliments and visit Rick ~

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  2. Loved the poem, its longing and the final stanza ....and that is one of the scariest cupcakes I have ever seen! K

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    1. Its a Dexter theme cupcake..but its all candy and syrup..he..he...Thanks for the visit ~

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  3. God do I love Red Velvet Cake...
    A treasure for the tongue!
    As you are a treasure to us Groundlings!
    Loved your entire work of art,
    but especially the 55.
    I missed you last week, thanks for returning.
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

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    1. Thanks for your support and encouragement G-man ~

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  4. Grace, i just love this :)

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    1. Thanks Ayala ~ This post was inspired by the "bloody cupcake"

      :-)

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  5. Good job on the on the challenge at dVerse for today. And If I didn't like red velvet cup cakes before, I do now. So, well done on that too.
    LOl

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  6. Oooo talk about temptation...And the constant dieting sucks.!
    Great post :)

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  7. Oh this is good! And I totally understand wanting what you can't have...

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  8. Mental obsession can be a killer.

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  9. what a wicked looking cupcake! I say eat the darn thing and go run a couple of miles. although, not sure if I could stomach a Dexter cupcake! Your 55 made me smile :)

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  10. eeepp...that last cupcake is a little scary...smiles...what is kept away most certainly is in ones thoughts often....oy...red velvet as well...that would be hard....i love red velvet....my wife makes red velvet cake cookies.....ugh....wonderful closure as well on the first grace...

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  11. I know this obsession! I have a killer sweet tooth, it is pure evil~
    Red Velvet pancakes also rock~
    ooh, this was so good~ I love DEXTER..did you see the first episode of this season! I kept hollering..at the TV, too good! But not as good as Red Velvet~ Hope you n' yours have a wonderful holiday! enJOY :D

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  12. You cleverly draw out the completion of sentences, emphasizing the longing for satisfaction. The disparity between reality and fantasy intensifies as the poem continues. All the sights and smells begin to overwhelm the senses. I love that in the last stanza you buck the expectation of sensual indulgence and instead take us to acceptance. The exquisite imperfection, the beauty of the speaker's kinship transforms the poem and its message wends its way into the reader's sense of acceptance. Wonderfully realized.

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  13. oh man, i love red velvet cake! i'd give in too! if he loves me there will just be more of me to love!

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  14. We women deny ourselves tangible pleasure for the sake of nothing save illusion. We are such silly creatures to not know what is important in life. Cupcakes are important, waistlines-nada.

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  15. Temptation, but with cupcakes I'm fighting a losing battles. The more I read the more I tasted those cupcakes. Cya off to the bake shop :)

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  16. Oh cupcakes... I find it hard to stay on a diet... I loved it when I could eat anything... now ugh! Still can't say no to cup cakes. You make them sound even more delicious!

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  17. haha...i'm glad the cupcake made the race compared to a fiancee who just wants her slim...nice...think i want a cupcake now...smiles

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  18. I yearn to be reed thin. I AM not. I envy the discipline to eat only salad and soup. I no longer, however, crave the cupcake. ;-)

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  19. That cupcake looks dangerous, regardless of kisses or diets.

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  20. lovely...brilliant and very creative!!!

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  21. First one: beautiful and inspiring, with a final stanza that is touching indeed.

    Second one: Great 55. Remind me to neverever try a red velvet cupcake. I don't want to know how good it is!

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  22. The entire write is great, but I love the last part of this!

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  23. Lovely poem. My favourite is the second stanza:)

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  24. Bloody shards. Words and facts don't always mesh! thanks.

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  25. oooh, I feel this was written on my request :) Love me food in films, music, shows and now even in poems :)

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    1. don't like the bizarre picture though.... :(

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  26. Wonderful and witty, both - it's always such a pleasure to read your work. "feeling kinship with imperfect beauty" being only one of many 'favourite lines.

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  27. I lust chocolate too! Great write!

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  28. I feel your pain! Haha I try so hard to avoid those foods that will not allow me to lose weight, but it's so dang hard. It's so true that your mind thinks upon what it can't have.

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  29. Really creative, Grace. I like the haunting whisper in the first one. Lovely discovery in the end. Crazy picture, I want to think that it is parts of the mirror that knows the madness.

    Love then ending with the second, push him aside and have another cupcake. :)

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  30. Blah to the pumpkin, you can keep that. But yeah not much is eaten by Pat, as he basically can't or is rather screwed, which is just rude.

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  31. You did a great job with this one...love the dialog ;)

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  32. I love the inner debate. And I love more that the cupcake won. This was fun to read and made me crave something sweet.

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  33. The last stanza of that first piece is just gorgeous!

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  34. Your prose poem and 55 were each outstanding on their own merits, but I enjoyed how each tied to the other.

    It's a shame we allow others to dictate our state of being, by misguided notions of what is beautiful. We are each beautifully sculpted vessels of unique design.

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  35. Forget the waistlines. The red velvet is so inviting! Clever way of getting the two to blend nicely together! Wonderful takes, Heaven!

    Hank

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  36. "i found a big pine cone, broken petal and famished rain, fallen star
    beneath the needles leaves and maple tree, and I took it inside,
    feeling kinship with imperfect beauty"

    stunning!

    and your flash fiction is delicious!!!

    {thank you for your kind comment on my post.}

    have a lovely weekend, Heaven!

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  37. Sinfully sweeter than his kisses... must be some cupcake! Beautiful poem, too. I also thought the last stanza was killer. Bravo! Here be mine: New Deal

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