Ode to Dark Chocolate

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I love dark chocolate;
the kind that melts into your mouth,
with a hint of black cherry,
as I lounge and breathe in the salt air—
I know what you are thinking,
what could she possibly have to say
about chocolate
that hasn’t already been said?

I am floating amid cream clouds,
hearing his voice as dark as licorice,
as orange marmalade with deep and intense
cocoa flavour—
I can almost make out the fragrance,
in its act of seduction—
tell me, which ground will mortality hide beneath?
Dark chocolate,
many have laid their heads drinking whiskey
outside a shrine—
toss me the moon, as I observe the night sky darken;
a tortoiseshell cat chase a fallen leaf.

Can it be so that I may write until the world ends,
Poetry, my genetic inheritance,
hard hitting
as dark chocolate when it comes in direct contact
with the tongue.
I dislike people who kick others in the teeth
especially now
when the world for compassion is in dire need—
dark chocolate is camaraderie,
how we exert it determines its texture and taste.

I prefer to eat while watching the news,
it helps to soften the blow—
dark and shadowy is hope but it’s there nonetheless,
there is no escape from fear,
from hatred
and from ignorance,
but humor me
while I indulge by tearing apart a large piece of it;
listen to the hammering of centuries—
love, I swear something big is coming towards us;
are we prepared?




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A Skylover Wordlist:  Merciless, listen, shrine, escape,
tortoiseshell, teeth, inheritance, cream, ground, fragrant 💝

Posted on Open Link LIVE #282 @ dVerse Poets Pub

Originally posted on Writers’ Pantry @ Poets and Storytellers United

82 Replies to “Ode to Dark Chocolate”

  1. You have done more than justice to this month’s wordlist, Sanaa. I really appreciate your support, but more so the unique poems you have penned. The stark contrasts conveyed in this write really hit home.

  2. As I have grown older I too have chosen dark chocolate over milk. I wonder whether it is that life is sweeter when you are young but becomes bitter as you get older? Life however is a conundrum for the more we have the less satisfied we are with it!

  3. Following the word-path as it meanders from the taste of dark chocolate, past the seduction to compare it to your words and then back home as a comfort. It’s like walking a trail in the woods and then back home.

  4. Dark chocolate is a familiar indulgence, but the layers here, the flavors that round out the sweetness…this is really magnificent. All the worry and the hope in the balance of bittersweet.

  5. I’ve never particularly cared for dark chocolate, but if it would ease societal horrors I would eat the dark treat by the block.

    I’m right there with the speaker in disliking people who feel the need to “kick others in the teeth”, especially when the others in question can’t protect themselves.

    The world is a bit of a mess right now. And I fear that most of us are less than ready for the hammering to come.

  6. Oh, what brilliance to mix the delight of dark chocolate with the times we find we’re living. These are days when we should rise to be our best selves. Stay safe and well my precious friend!

  7. I agree with what so many commenters have already expressed: This poem is magnificent. As soon as I read the title, I knew it would be delicious. 🙂 The third stanza is my favorite.

  8. I love all forms of chocolate- dark ones too 🙂
    Your last para reminds me of the coronavirus.
    Something big is coming our way – also an asteroid is supposed to pass near Earth on April 29.
    Take care! Have a great week!

  9. I enjoyed your descriptions of dark chocolate and how it can seem. I don’t actually like dark chocolate so I appreciate the links with oranges and the exotic associations rather than the stuff itself.

  10. You had me at chocolate and cherries, but you just couldn’t stop there! What a tasty poem, and I enjoyed your reading in the LIVE session. (Thank you for hosting.)

    1. Awww gosh! Thank you so much, Ken 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! 💄❤️

      Thank you so much for joining in at Open Link LIVE!
      I enjoyed your reading too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Ron 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

      Thank you so much for joining in at Open Link LIVE!

      You rock too! 🙂

  11. Great seeing you today, Sanaa! A wonderful performance of a sumptuous poem that has my mouth watering!

    Thankfully, my wife showed me a bag she bought at Cosco: 72% Belgian Dark Chocolate! 🙂

    1. Yayyyy! That’s so wonderful! I’ll bet you had a great time 😀

      Thank you so much, Frank 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! 💄❤️

  12. I never met a chocolate I didn’t like. So enjoyable to hear you read it today. Thank you for your hosting today. It was a fun time, as the live pub always is!

  13. Love me some dark chocolate. my wife hates it, leaving more for me! Wow, you wrote this before we understood Covid. I like the “hammering of the centuries” and ” I may write until the world ends.”

  14. an intriguing and scintillating read!

    A timely sweetener for our health crisis … most are fragile right now so kindness is called for in all interactions

  15. I absolutely loved this, Sanaa: you read it so well; savoured it, in fact! I am a chocolate lover but you took this to another dimension. We all need a little chocolate in our lives right now…

    1. Awww gosh! Thank you so much, Ingrid 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! 💄❤️

      Thank you so much for joining in at the LIVE Event. It was wonderful having you with us 🙂

  16. You took chocolate in a direction I really had not expected, so fun, yet with such weight, so sweet yet not so so sweet. An enjoyable read!! /peace, J

  17. Apologies for reading late, but after the live OLN, I was too tired to read, and we had the electrician in all yesterday to sort out the heating – there is still none in the study or dining room! I too enjoy dark chocolate, especially with a hint of black cherry, and your reading made my mouth water, Sanaa!. I love the similes ‘his voice as dark as licorice’ and ’as orange marmalade with deep and intense cocoa flavour’, and the image of the playful tortoiseshell cat chasing a fallen leaf. And you are quite right, dark chocolate helps to soften the blow of the news.

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