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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,
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,
sugar-bombs
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.

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Style / type: 
Free verse
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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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Not Explicit Content

Comments

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!
L

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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

Chrys

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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!
L

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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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It seems that the days and hours that people
are available for chatroom are staggered and
not a good match for most everyone. How about
if everyone just shows up at the door, whenever
they have a few free minutes?

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

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

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it was Stix. ~ Geez.
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It seems that the days and hours that people
are available for chatroom are staggered and
not a good match for most everyone. How about
if everyone just shows up at the door, whenever
they have a few free minutes?

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

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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.

T

The most powerful reaction
of mind on mind
is transference of sight

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

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