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Pixie Sticks, For Heaven's Sake

I heard a fellow poet exclaim
that he could not bear another poem
about this blasted pandemic.
Not another, he had exclaimed again.
He asked if someone could please,
write about something, anything else,
that doesn't confine the written word
to this poetry-inspiring pandemic.
Someone please, he had said,
write about
"...pixie sticks, for heaven's sake."

And so, to the frustrated, but lovely poet,
whom I hope has survived these months
ingesting and digesting pandemic-free
but more than likely, calorie-filled poetry,
I offer my verse:

Pixie Sticks

In general,
in a straw dressed
like a barber's pole.
Sweet like a puffed-up lie
to a narcissistic ear,
sour like a guttering promise
thrown out in the heat.

I peel the top off
a Blue Maui Punch
and pour the excitement
onto my eager tongue,
wondering what adventure
this day will bring.


Style / type: 
Free verse
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Not Explicit Content


I for one can appreciate your clever poem as I already had voiced my discontent with the subject matter. Writing about it endlessly is kind of lame and shows a lack of imagination.
Sorry if I have offended. Much liked. Thanks, Madame L.

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This was a random remark I read on a social media forum from a poet I do not know nor correspond with - and the point that was of interest to me was the request for a poem about anything, like - Pixie Sticks! I could not pass up the request. I did not know of your discontent, and in turn, hope I don't offend anyone.
Thank you so much for reading!

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send that person to my profile I too am tired of seeing covid poems
Pixie sticks oh yes I remember them so well what was I thinking back then lol

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I thought the request for poetry about pixie sticks was too fun and interesting, and it actually brought back a few fond childhood memories - all the pure sugar and horrible food coloring!
Thank you for your comments!

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Pixie-Styx! I loved those damned things. I suppose that they or something very much like them are still around, since mankind still has the proverbial sweet-tooth. Yes, very good preamble too. Oh Damn, I just loved the whole thing. ~ Geez.

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True - at least for a bit. (sigh) Next poem: Sweet Tarts!
Thank you!

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That was the first thought that occurs to me as I read down. I loved those as well. Loved the small ones then they came out with those huge ones and I lost interest in them..just too big and hard to bite and chew lol

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Is the name Sticks, or, maybe is it Stix? I scratch my head. But such a fun, tasty topic. Thank you for reading and indulging with me!

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it was Stix. ~ Geez.

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LOL a nice sweet way to entertain us my friend. I think they may be called suger bombs where i come from, in any case i can feel the tingling in my mouth and yes this brought back a childhood memory also to me.

Thank you...Teddy

Sugar Bombs! I think we had those, too! Thank you so much for reading, Teddy!

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The poem is entertaining, a bit offbeat. I especially liked your sweet and sour similes. the last two lines added extra flavor to the poem with its mind set.


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of mind on mind
is transference of sight

A bit offbeat is a good description! Thank you very much for reading!

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