13 Ways to Eat a Chocolate Chip Cookie
When my poetry pal and fellow Slicer Molly Hogan posted a poetry prompt to write about “Cookies!!! Christmas cookies, sugar cookies or any sort of cookie,” I had to think for a bit. Like many of you, my family has many cookie traditions to choose from. In the end, I decided to stick with the cookie that’s been part of my memories forever, chocolate chip.
Once I settled on the kind of cookie, I had to come up with a form. I like to play with poems I’m working on in my head as I drive to work. This isn’t always a good idea because I have to actually pay attention to the other cars on the road! But, as sometimes happens, inspiration struck. Wallace Stevens “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” popped into my head. There must be at least 13 ways to look at a chocolate chip cookie. Or, even better, of eating a chocolate chip cookie. So here you have it, my “13 Ways to Eat a Chocolate Chip Cookie.”
Sugar dissolves on your tongue
Sweetness fills your mouth
The chocolate chips still crunch.
Eleven minutes of heat transform
Lumps of dough into a golden brown,
With a glass of cold milk
Break the cookie in half
Dunk one end into the milk,
The longer it’s submerged, the softer will be.
At Nana’s House
There is always a tray of my favorite treat
Waiting on the table by the kitchen door.
Nana serves me two cookies on a red and white plate.
In small pieces
Break the cookie into small bits around the chip.
Nibble slowly. The sweetness of the softened
Morsel explodes like a ripe blueberry.
Instead of pancakes
Both have eggs and flour
Sometimes people add chocolate chips to pancakes.
Let them cool completely
They will crunch when you bite down
And leave crumbs at the corner of your mouth.
When I get home, I’m so hungry
Lunch was hours ago
Cookies ease my hunger pangs.
In two bites
This way your entire mouth
Can savor the flavor
But they’re gone faster.
If you put a slice of bread
In the tin
Your cookies will become soft and chewy.
While my cheeks are still cold
Cookies and hot cocoa
Warm me up in no time.
A single cookie
Helps me forget my cares
And sweetens my dreams.
Because chocolate chip cookies
make everything better and
Are the most delicious cookie ever!
* I know all about salmonella concerns, but some habits die hard
Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2019
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