Book-aholism | poetry

Ode to Chocolate by Barbara Crooker

December 21, 2017


Ode to Chocolate
I hate milk chocolate, don’t want clouds
of cream diluting the dark night sky,
don’t want pralines or raisins, rubble
in this smooth plateau. I like my coffee
black, my beer from Germany, wine
from Burgundy, the darker, the better.
I like my heroes complicated and brooding,
James Dean in oiled leather, leaning
on a motorcycle. You know the color.
Oh, chocolate! From the spice bazaars
of Africa, hulled in mills, beaten,
pressed in bars. The cold slab of a cave’s
interior, when all the stars
have gone to sleep.
Chocolate strolls up to the microphone
and plays jazz at midnight, the low slow
notes of a bass clarinet. Chocolate saunters
down the runway, slouches in quaint
boutiques; its style is je ne sais quoi.
Chocolate stays up late and gambles,
likes roulette. Always bets
on the noir.
—Barbara Crooker

If this poem inspired you to learn more about chocolate (and cacao), you can read about it’s fascinating history here

Maybe you are looking for delicious read? Have you tried Chocolat by Joanne Harris?

Christmas is just around the corner, let’s eat chocolate, meet our loved ones, relax and be merry!