All Season Blues With Red Pepper (R8+)


All Season Blues With Red Pepper (R8+ )

Before the sweet fruit
the flower.

Before the corn
the silk. Though

popcorn must have salt
if it is to be eaten for pleasure.

Before all
the winter. Yet

she always said to take everything with a grain of love
but now she’s so salty and sad with winter blues
and I say when I bump into her
you are as sweet as nectar, but she
buzzes, looking for the lost flower
and the snow overcomes her
in the winter-cold blues, or is it
all-season blues; I don’t know:

haven’t seen her since
the hush of the minor catastrophe
though I suppose that the

minor is always major
with a little transposition
of position and starting point.

Oh no, how can this be
that the Goddess of Silver Linings
is in a sorrowful cloud, when
I love puffy-fluffy things, and
she has a talisman, a stuffed animal,
that she has given my name to, and
I have her last letter to read
again and again to warm me until

our summer comes, we harvest, we love the day
make stuffed green peppers at home, and
without doubt

even in a panic picnic out
we laugh because
catastrophe seems so silly
when love is abundant
especially for us, and I wonder

how could it be that she would wander
searching for exotic red flowers in the highlands
be hushed by minor catastrophes in lowlands when

oh yes, I am puffy with love clouded
in her thoughts I know, and
if she calls I will come with
medicinal bouquets of me
herbs and stuffed red peppers,
salty corn puffed up like
pop love flowers
and the succulent fruits that follow

— Douglas Gilbert

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3 thoughts on “All Season Blues With Red Pepper (R8+)

  1. I always loved this one. ‘and I say when I bump into her you are as sweet as nectar’ made me smile…my new favorite lotion is called honey nectar. I was going to say ‘i’m hoping for non-catastrophic days’…I guess that sounds silly, huh? hehe. You know, this reminds me that i’ve still never made stuffed peppers…i always wanted to learn how to make those…I have to go to the bank at the grocery store in just a little bit maybe i should get the ingredients. I’ll be back to finish commenting in a little bit, have to get ready to go because I have to drop my son off at my parent’s house afterwards…he’s supposed to help my father put a fence up for the chickens.

    1. Ah, honey nectar lotion — sounds like a good name. Thanks great that your son can work on a project with your Father. A good way for them to be together so they can chat and enjoy each other.
          Yes, I think there are some good recipes for stuffed peppers with varying degrees of difficulty. I’ve experimented with whatever I had on hand. If it was just for me, I ate all my mistakes. If it was for someone else I made an extra one just for tasting and if it was no good, I put that aside and made something else that I was more sure of. A couple of times, I was going to bring a Masterpiece to thanksgiving but I added the wrong proportions of spices and it tasted terrible so I kept it to eat later for myself for nutritional purposes only, and brought something simple instead. I once made a sweet and sour cranberry chicken cutlet and that was scary — I thought that no way could this work, but it turned out good. I marinated the cutlets over-night in extra sour cranberry sauce that I made. And added something else which I can’t remember — I should have written it down, but I was so sure it wouldn’t work that I didn’t bother. I rolled it in flour and then eggs and bread crumbs the next day… It was a mess to make, but fortunately nobody saw me do it, because they would have objected — it’s not proper to do it that way…

      1. I ended up buying a bunch of peppers at the store (I got green, red and yellow) and i got ground beef, taco seasoning, rice, cheese, black beans…i think i’m going to do a mexican inspired stuffed pepper. I love, love, love mexican food but most of the time i make it myself instead of eating it at a restaurant because of tomato powder being in so many of the commercially bought seasonings. But I think the Mexican peppers are going to be delicious. I even have sour cream for on the side. I haven’t decided if i’m going to put the beans in the mix or serve them on the side yet.
        Your cranberry chicken sounds yummy…i bet that was good. I like cranberry, if i ever order a drink from a bar it’s usually a cranberry vodka (although that has been a long while). This year for Thanksgiving i’m bringing my broccoli casserole and the peanut butter bars i was telling you about. I might make some brownies and cookies too and make a whole dessert tray (if i’m feeling ambitious, ha!).
        I’m messy when cooking too…but it’s ok, messes can always be cleaned up.

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