Solace is a Chocolate

I like my chocolate dark
and just a touch
before bitter. I like my
chocolate barely sweet.
There are hands
that would close my lips,
priests who would say
I should feel guilty for
taking thin Lindts
on my tongue
like wafers at communion.
What do they know
of the Christ at Cana,
who is just now leaning in
to slip me another piece
of solace.

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Blogger Maureen said...

I so like how you turn this!

Anonymous Lyla Lindquist said...

What do they know, what do we know, we who think we know so much.

Blogger Susan Deborah said...

When it comes to chocolate and solace, we know better, don't we.

Loved this piece of solace.

Joy always,

Blogger Megan Willome said...

Amen, sister!

Blogger Anne Lang Bundy said...

Ah yes! It's never as easy as one might like to obtain 86% cacao, closer to the way the Creator intended.

Anonymous Sandra Heska King said...

Oh yes! A thin Lindt is just short of holy.

Blogger Kathleen Overby said...

Let me also receive such with open, waiting, willing, heart in mouth

Blogger Laura said...

so good going down...melts on the tongue.

Blogger Bought as is said...

love this [& dark chocolate!]

Blogger Susan Deborah said...

I need to email you. How do I do that? My address is susandot deborahatgmail.com.

Blogger Connie Mace said...

Hmm...Grace in mid-afternoon...feet curled up in hammock...eyes closed...dark chocolate Lindt melting away layers in my mouth...savor the fleeting moment...

Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

My word, L.L.

That was simply exquisite.

Far better than any chocolate.

You leave me hungry... and satisfied ... and savoring.

Thank you....

All's grace,

Blogger LarryG said...


Blogger A Simple Country Girl said...

and I like mine raw and so bitter my teeth hurt...

This was wonderful. With the new dark screen and the candles to the right, I felt as if I was watching from the shadows.


Blogger Kath said...

This is lovely. Dark and on the edge of bitter is just right.

Anonymous Stephie said...

L.L., I appreciate your encouragement. Here's my link if it's not too late. http://www.stephiegoldfish.com/id8.html

Life is like your chocolate you describe! Loved your solace poem.

Blogger Joelle said...

Reminds me of my own sacrilege, writing about Chocolate as Christ, Paschal mystery, melting darkly on my tongue. Tasting it now....

Blogger Sam Van Eman said...

You'll have to forgive me, but I don't think I've ever been here, and what a time to stop in: hospital update and a printable chocolate poem.

I hope you don't mind us finding a place to hang it (uh, not your hospital update; sorry, but our empathy has aesthetic limits) somewhere in our Neopolitan Ice Cream-themed kitchen.

Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

When I was a child, I used to like chocolate as a child (milk chocolate, all that sugar).
Now that I am older, I like the better chocolate. Like you say, just before bitter. There is a kind of powerful, kind of risky closeness in that, in stepping just before a boundary.
If you ever come over, I'll make you this great chocolate ice cream recipe called "Black Satin Ice Cream." Nice and dark.

Blogger Sam Van Eman said...

Monica, I wouldn't mind getting that recipe, if you're sharing.

Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

Sam: it's from DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CAKES, by Marcel Desaulniers, chef and founder of The Trellis restaurant in Williamsburg, VA. I have a signed copy. :)

9oz semisweet choc
1.5 c heavy cream
(I use 12oz choc since chocolate chips come in 12oz bags.)
1.5 c whole milk
1/3 c cocoa powder
3/4 c sugar (I use evaporated cane juice or "Sucanat")
3 egg yolks

Whisk everything but choc. chips together. Heat and whisk continually until thickened. Turn off heat and stir in choc. chips until melted. Refrigerate overnight. This fits well in my ice cream maker which fits about 1.5 quarts.

Blogger Sam Van Eman said...

Wow, Monica. Heavy cream, whole milk, chocolates, egg yolks...

Sounds unhealthy.

And delicious. I'll try it.


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