Friday, March 26, 2021

Too Much PUFF

So we're at that point in the pandemic when our teenager has mastered her baking skills and her parents' willpower has short circuited.

A year into lockdown and Maureen is a baking legend!

Her latest masterpiece is the Cream Puff:

Bake it until you make it.

She's a real whisk-taker!

She made her ordinary puffs...

... Dream Puffs!

 

To honor both her mathematical (she's also diligently studying for the AP Calculus exam) and baking prowess, I wrote a Cream Puff Fibonacci poem* in her honor.

too

long

lockdown

inspires teen's

cream puff perfection

warning: sugar coma likely

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

 

*Fibonacci poetry was founded by Gregory Pincus as a 6-line poem that follows the Fibonacci sequence for syllable count per line. For the 6-line poem that means:

  • 1 syllable for first line
  • 1 syllable for second line
  • 2 syllables for third
  • 3 syllables for fourth
  • 5 syllables for fifth
  • 8 syllables for sixth  

Update on my 10·10 Poetry Anthology:

Over the course of the last few months I have been in email correspondence with J.K. Rowling's publisher regarding permission to use the word Gryffindor as a poetry prompt/category. The publisher put me in touch with Ms. Rowling's agent, The Blair Partnership for further clarification.

After several back and forth emails with The Blair Partnership, I was just told that they  "don’t give advice or permission" about the use of Ms. Rowling's intellectual property (which the word Gryffindor is) and that I would need to "seek independent legal advice".

As the expense of legal advice is prohibitive for me and I clearly want to  honor and respect Ms. Rowling's intellectual property, I have decided to remove the category "10 Points to Gryffindor" from my poetry collection.

Since this decision was made after the close of the submission deadline, I am giving wee words for wee ones readers the opportunity to submit a poem or poems to the replacement category:

  • tenth ________ (ie: time, kid, of an inch, place, etc)
     
     If you would like to submit poetry for the replacement category  please do so by Friday 30 April 2021.  
Submit to: 10(dot)10(dot)weewords(dot)submission(at)gmail(dot)com.
 
All poets, successful or not, will hear back by the end of June 2021.
 
Publication date is October 2021.
 
Accepted poems will receive a one-time honorarium of $10/poem upon publication.
 
Poetry Friday is at Soul Blossom Living where Susan is rounding up the National Poetry Month projects. Check it out!



 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Love Triangle

 What do you get when you combine two iconic aspects of Switzerland: mountains and chocolate

Toblerone!












 
"Toblerone is a success story unique to Switzerland. In 1867, Jean Tobler opened a confectionary in Bern. Over the years, demand for his homemade chocolates grew to such an extent that he opened a chocolate factory in 1899. In 1908, the Tobler family created the honey and almond bar that was destined to become an enduring symbol of Switzerland throughout the world. A year later, Toblerone became the first patented milk chocolate. It was acquired by Kraft Foods - now Mondel─ôz International - in 1990." ~SwissInfo.ch

The name Toblerone is the combination of the chocolatier's family name, "Tobler", with the Italian word for nougat, "torrone". 
 
And the unique triangular shape is the stuff of legends.

Some think the candy is a nod to the one of the most recognizable mountains in Switzerland, the Matterhorn.













And it has been said that the shape of this chocolate was the inspiration for anti-tank defenses, or toblerones, built by the Swiss to slow any possible invasion by the Nazis during the Second World War.









While the triangular shape has remained the same, the logo of Toblerone has changed over time
The first logo featured an eagle
 
Then in the 1920's, they switched to a Bernese bear as Bern was known as "City of Bears". 
 
In the 1930's the eagle reappeared until 2000 when they changed the logo to reflect the Matterhorn mountain, but with a nod to their home city.
















Do you see a shape on the left side of the mountain

Yep, the Bernese bear is in profile 'hiding' on the mountain.

An interesting, and funny side note: 
 
In 2016 Mondel─ôz International introduced a lighter, cheaper version of Toblerone in the UK, but it did not go over well. 
 
In fact, some blamed the cost-cutting measure on Brexit (before Brexit actually happened!) as is illustrated by this social media meme:

The bottom picture is actually what they did to cut production costs.

















And being good expats who are eager to assimilate into the local culture as much as possible, we've taken to doing what the Swiss do and eat chocolate! 

According to this Forbes graph we are fitting in with Swiss societal norms:

Today's concrete or shape poem pays homage to Toblerone and our Swiss brethren:

A
milk
chocolate
triangle filled
with bits of honey
and almond melts on my
tongue. I am thankful for my
Swiss kindred spirits - a society
that loves chocolate as much as I do.
©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Linda at Teacher Dance is hosting the Poetry Friday extravaganza! 
 
Won't you join us?