The Joys of Gingerbread

The Gingerbread Man Got Caught by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s photography prompt was inspiring. I refilled my glass gingerbread man with syrup and I made some healthy gingerbread with freshly grated ginger and toasted hazelnut flour (instead of almond). I’m so glad I tried it, because Gingerbread People are delicious.

Yummy Gingerbread Person and Cookie with Dried Plum by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Sweet Gingerbread Love by Maria L. Berg 2021

Disquieting Signs

Lift it up
Hold it up to
a light source
a reflection of changes
my broken parts
may slide
when the waters arrive
to challenge
the edges of this
lift the corner
see our wild beasts
absorbed in fascination
to elucidate
reject the sameness of life
takes on a different meaning
find a beautiful haven
some way for mutuality
and interaction
like a string of horses
splashing ahead
in terms of connection
I have so much ground
to cover, cook longer,
and then check again

Spreading Christmas Cheer by Maria L. Berg 2021
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And for the Change of Focus Challenge theme Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation, here’s a picture of the gingerbread person at rest:

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Cheery Christmas Spirits

Holly Jolly Santa by Maria L. Berg 2021

I knew today’s photo challenge “cheer” was going to be tough. My cold is holding on tight and I spent the night coughing and shivering, but I was determined. So I made no-bake healthy oatmeal cookies to eat like Santa all day, and put on a Christmas record. Just as “Rudolph’s Christmas Party” started to play, I heard sirens. It seemed early, but I looked outside, and it was Santa! The world appeared to agree that I should be filled with Christmas cheer!

Today I found cheer continuing to develop yesterday’s ideas. I brought Christmas to the mirrorworld.

Cheery Frosty by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Poetic Bloomings has an interesting prompt today. Prompt #363 is “Marley Was Dead.” However, it’s not a morbid prompt. That is the opening of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The prompt is to write a spirit of Christmas poem exploring my personal Christmas past, present, and/or future.

Let’s see if I can get in the spirit.

Christmas Past is Present

I select the blue snow-covered trees
open the fold and up pops Santa’s workshop
like a setting for figurines and play things
I think I’ll make some elves
perhaps a polar bear
and a talking snowman
to act out the song-stories
among the reindeer

I start the record
and I am transported
dancing in the living room
by the light of the tree
before playing with the decorations
clipping and unclipping the painted wood birds
as they fly about to visit the other ornaments

Soon the room would host a cardboard sleigh
and reindeer, arriving Christmas morning
with blow-up conical Santa at the reins
somehow getting smaller every year
his crumbling, slanting sleigh
less full of presents

I hear sirens
Can it already be?
I fling open the door
camera ready and
there is Santa in his sleigh
The firemen bring him by
to wave “hi”
a bit early this year.

Christmas Spirit by Maria L. Berg 2021

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