Cherry Jam

Ah – cherry jam

rich thick deluxe black cherry jam

crammed with perfect globes of purple fruit.

Who needs toast!

Skewer them with toothpicks

and pop them into your mouth

like cocktail candy.


Or mound a sticky pyramid

on a crunchy corner

and cram the whole pile in

all at once

and chew and suck and dribble

sweet dark juice

down your chin.


OMG – a whole day's sugar in one go?

But who cares? Who cares!

Able stable fable LABEL … I can't look.

Well – OK – yes, I can. I'm not stupid.

I'll take my coffee BLACK. Yes, I will... but... YUK!

And spoil the afterglow of soul-seducing

Tiptree's Black Cherry Jam.







Cynthia Buell Thomas

December, 2015

◄ The Freedom of 'ART'

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 17th Dec 2015 19:20

Jam has seeds which
Americans remove
Jam has skin which
Americans remove-
All hail the jam makers
Hold high the very pots
Of sugared fruit with
Seeds and skin.

Needless to say Cynthia I love the the jammy hiss and pop of your lid like verse. Spreadinium gorgeousnussness.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 4th Dec 2015 18:21

Poems in praise of food are always welcome - especially
mouth-watering examples written with obvious delight.
Having said that...
Personally, I'd spend my money
On a pot of Rowse's honey!

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Stu Buck

Fri 4th Dec 2015 17:26

tiptree. as fine a choice in jam as you can get. i love mrs darlington but thats local to cheshire and north wales i think. she certainly lives round here anyway. sensual and provocative. makes jam sexy. a great poem, especially the meta pay off which is funny and pointed.

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David Blake

Fri 4th Dec 2015 00:40

Love this. Explodes with imagery. x

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Graham Sherwood

Thu 3rd Dec 2015 18:02

I don't think I've ever said a poem was mouthwatering Cynthia but your V2 certainly is

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Wed 2nd Dec 2015 20:49

A real goody in a luxurious way, Cynthia. I'm thinking of Nigella too. I think we're all sold on this - no point in trying to resist! Ray

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Tim Ellis

Wed 2nd Dec 2015 12:59

Witty and with some mouth-watering imagery. I shall look out for Tiptree's Black Cherry Jam on the supermarket shelf in future - now look what you've gone and done!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 2nd Dec 2015 11:36

What is the point of living if you can't be just plain silly sometimes. Rhetorical question; no answers required. I've had such fun with this - an amazing amount of effort. It's kind of topical this week with the 'intense' media coverage of obesity and the contradictory labelling of packaged goods etc.

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