Life and Hard Candy

Hard candy in a cheek cave

worn and wearing lasts longer

than chewed delights meant

to mouthbind the eater

in rapture and dumb thirst

for more evermore.


Hard candy in a cheek cave

provokes spit and hesistation

on a snap decision to bust it

down into a nerve still hard

and whole in each grain



Hard candy in a cheek cave

makes me suck darkly the sweet

erosion of days jawlocked

while a caramel rides salival

a tide on my tongue muttering

with drool and chokes me.

◄ Some thoughts on the definitions of "Smudge" as per Merriam-Webster

To The Guileless Rover ►


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Eiren Water

Sun 23rd Jun 2019 14:02

"makes me suck darkly the sweet

erosion ...

while a caramel rides ...

a tide on my tongue"

fragments so evocative
waves of bliss and rapture
the promise of that exquisite pain when the taste buds explode
in protest and alarm (and eventually, yes, bliss)
at the introduction of something too sweet, too sour, or too tangy to be prepared for
no matter how many times we have tasted them before

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Devon Brock

Wed 19th Jun 2019 21:42

Thanks Martin and Jason. Smacked by Don! Touche.

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Martin Elder

Wed 19th Jun 2019 21:26

This smacks to me of a kind of determination regardless of the consequences.
Nice one Devon

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Don Matthews

Wed 19th Jun 2019 08:20

Hard candy in a cheek
Cave, repeat three times
Crunching once, crunching twice
Crunching thrice. It rhymes?...😛


What a load of drivel
Spilling out my pen
Crunching once, crunching twice
Crunching thrice again 😛

(he's mad...)

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Jason Bayliss

Wed 19th Jun 2019 01:10

"Hard candy in a cheek cave," just love that expression. Great poem.


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Devon Brock

Tue 18th Jun 2019 23:51

Thanks Jemima and Lisa!

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Jemima Jones

Tue 18th Jun 2019 23:47

Devon, the fact that you have been more than able to make a poem out of simply sucking on a sweet is amazing. Thank you. Jemima.

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Lisa C Bassignani

Tue 18th Jun 2019 22:19


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