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A Candy Year

One can look back over a year in many ways. Today we’ll do it with candy.

This little poem not only looks at the various types of candy with which we commemorate the year’s special days but also lists some of my candy memories from childhood, young adulthood, mom-of-young kids years, to current candy temptations.

With it I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and another great candy year in 2023!

A Candy Year

I dig through just-arrived groceries
for Cracker Jack and Pink Elephant Popcorn

hold cinnamon hearts tight with my tongue
till my mouth is on fire

pick sweating Smarties and licorice shoelaces
off the icing of my cake

sift through green cellophane straw
to find the last chocolate egg

gobble a bag of Jujubes at the ball game
not tasting one

nibble a Mars bar alone in a London train station
and melt home in my mouth

stroll through the fair with sticky hands
and a cotton-candy-blue face

savour tart apples
dipped in gooey caramel

hoard the bulging pillowcase – M&Ms, Chicklets
Fuzzy Peaches and toffees wrapped in orange and black

thrill my tongue to blisters with Sour Keys
in little brown bags from the corner store

sneak Humbugs and Allsorts
from the Christmas stash in the closet

study the map
to find the coffee cream

suck a candy cane to a pink skewer point,
making it last to the next candy year

© Violet Nesdoly (first published in Calendar, 2004).

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