Poetry Friday: Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

You have no idea how long I’ve been sitting on this list poem, waiting for December to roll around so I could share it. You see, I wrote this in late April – but didn’t feel a Christmas poem would be quite the thing folks would want to read just a few week after Easter.

I’m not sure what inspired me to write a Christmas poem, however I can say that our new dog probably had something to do with it. We adopted Lake, a Great Dane, exactly one week before Covid-19 shut down the country – and it quickly became apparent that, as good a dog as he was, he was very much a food-motivated fellow.

I got the feeling that if Lake started putting together a list of his favorite cookies, it would end up looking something like this! So, since this Christmas I won’t be baking the 800+ cookies I usually do (and if you don’t believe me, check out this post or this one), I figured a poem about Christmas cookies would have to suffice.

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21 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

  1. authoryvonafast

    What a fun poem! I must admit the tuna salad / chopped sardine part threw me off – until i got to the end and then it made perfect sense!
    We recently said goodbye to our American Labe Fredering the Greatest… this makes me think about him!


  2. lindabaie

    No batches & batches of cookies! Aw, I’ll have to make do with last year’s pics! Love the poem, though, & about Lake. We had a dalmatian that would also fit that description, a lover of well, anything! Have a good week ahead, Matt, & thanks for the poem!


  3. Mitchell Linda

    Ha! Leave to the dog to lead the human to cookies. Same in our house. This is a perfectly yummy poem…I really don’t know how you sat on it as long as you did. I’ll take a candy-dipped biscotti to go.


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  5. authoryvonafast

    I love Kathy’s blog post about your forthcoming book… and can’t wait to get my copy! This is the type of thing i hope to write – books that encourage the younger folks to work for change… I feel like it is too late for me and there is too little i am able to do… i try to avoid using plastic but everything comes in plastic… it’s just not possible. I’m only glad that i don’t have grandchildren to inherit the mess we have made…


  6. authoryvonafast

    oh and btw – my poor eyes won’t let me read the entirety of the cookie poem because of the background and the size of the print… so i never did get the end part.


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