Thanks to NEKNEERAJ from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting photo challenge #220. Also, thanks to Michael from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting the Tale Weaver prompt on the them of a voyage of discovery.
Credit: Silvia Grav
Shivering as if I’m shedding,
As if I’ll never know heat;
Or a belly without ache.
Crisp bacon and sausage sizzles,
French toast with cream cheese;
Clouds of whipped cream,
Maple syrup flowing in valleys;
Sweet strawberry jam,
Tart on my tongue,
The crisp-softness of toast;
Homemade bread devoured.
Orange juice with champagne,
Sweetness and fizzing bubbles.
Chatter, hands passing,
Sniggers and giggles;
Raising the bar; the bets are laid —
Who can eat the most pancakes?
There is plenty in this dream,
Richness and generosity abounds —
Reality’s barren and frosted.
No warmth of hugs or arms over shoulders,
Until a burning stillness settles.
The sensation of hovering above,
Until your firefly soul lifts.
The memory of family, breakfast with ice-cream,
Strawberry sauce and flaked croissants;
Of food so boundless that all gnawing hunger’s abolished.
No daydream with clawing pains,
Only serenity, path into a place —
Where loved ones suffer not.
Where there’s no war to justify —
No battle to survive;
Nor land that will not thaw to grow.
Above, there’s glowing prosperity,
A joyfulness that never pales.
No ice-white skin preserved in chill,
No forever winter.
A flame that flickers and overwhelms,
Sparks and heat spread,
As butter melts on fresh bread.
Reflecting on golden streets,
A feast as none knew before.
The relief of a forever home
Not hunger nor strife.
But after all the misery —
This stairway’s an easy flight.
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