Writing Wings For You

Marie Lukasik Wallace ~ # I LIVE Poetry – I'm passionate about life and writing and all things creative and poetic!


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Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back a new life a new friend a new love a new country. (anais nin)

 

Thanks for sharing your beautiful selves with me and the world!


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A Poem with a Taste Challenge

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Okay my friends…I was inspired by a poem I read yesterday that involved the tastes of a place.   And food brings about joyous memories with friends and families and those special people we love.  So, here’s my challenge:

Write a poem about the tastes of YOUR place…and then maybe include one of your favorite recipes…it can be from that place your wrote about, or one of your favorite recipes…I think it would be really cool to gather recipes of places from around the world….Then I can wake up and say things like, I’d like to travel to Austrailia today or Georgia, and pull a recipe out and be reminded of you!   Besides, my recipe box needs new tastes!   ENJOY!

JUST LEAVE YOUR LINK IN  YOUR COMMENTS SO WE CAN FIND YOU AND PING BACK HERE.  WE WON’T MAKE ONE LONG POEM ON THIS…IT WILL JUST BE LIKE A COOKBOOK AROUND THE WORLD.

Though I live in Idaho now…my strongest memories of taste are from Texas…

So, here’s my poem:

Random thoughts on the Flavors of Texas

I’ll tell you a

half dozen things about

the flavors of Texas.

The best bar-b-que ribs

and brisket you

ever did taste

because it’s grilled

in a brick fire pit

with Mesquite wood

and a homemade with a

vinegar/beer concoction.

Even Bill Miller’s

on a Texas corner can make

it almost like that.

Unlike Boise’s Dickey’s,

whose food tastes

cold and processed…

The sauce isn’t too bad though.

And Ahhhh…

the Mexican food

so close to the border

has its advantages.

Those Mexican mamas making masa.

Enchiladas made from real corn tortillas,

with joy from hands which love

to dish deliciousness and

make your tongue tingle with taste.

Now that’s Texas

a true taste corner.

And did I tell you

about Big Red,

bubble gum soda,

the flavor of childhood

and firemen’s picnics…

and Blue Bonnet icecream…

You can’t buy that here in Idaho,

a state

so lackluster in flavor.

Is it because the

borders are so far way?

or is it because I miss

The taste of home…

Even Idaho potatoes

tasted better in Texas

grilled with my daddy’s hand

for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Is it because my daddy

is a good cook?

Or do the potatoes

gain flavor

being trucked

all that distance?

I’m not dissing

on Idaho.

Perhaps, I’m just missing

the Flavors   of   Texas

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……….

HERE’s A LINK to KING RANCH CHICKEN so you can have your own taste of Texas.


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King Ranch Chicken

This recipe goes with a great TASTES OF HOME CHALLENGE – You can either

share your favorite HOME recipe or write about your Tastes of Home.

Prep time:         40 minutes

Cook Time:   30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 T   butter

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

¼-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or ground

½ tsp of cumin

 This is a mixture of two of my favorite recipes.  It’s a family favorite!

                (if I make it for the kids, I leave out the bell peppers.)

Filling:

1 T  butter

1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped

Optional:  ½ medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped   &

6 oz mushrooms (first time didn’t use green peppers or mushrooms…..).

  1. 10 ¾ oz of Cream of Mushroom Soup

  1.  10 ¾ oz of Cream of Chicken Soup

  1.  10  oz can of diced tomatoes

  1.  Small can    of green chilies diced

½ cup chicken broth

1 C   of   sour cream

Tortillas:

Olive oil for frying

8 corn tortillas

 

 

 

Chicken and other Layers:

3 C diced cooked chicken

2 C  medium cheddar cheese  shredded   (tastes good with sharp too)  (try other cheeses!)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 .  Coat 11 by 7 by 2” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.  Sauce:  Melt butter in medium heavy skillet over moderate heat.  Add garlic, red pepper and cumin.  Stir fry 1 minute.  Option 1:  you can blend flour, add broth and milk, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth (3 minutes).   Stir in sour cream, salt and black pepper to taste.  Set aside.   Or Option #2:  Stir together, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, sour cream.  Set aside.

Filling:  melt butter in large heavy skillet, over moderate heat.  Add onion, green pepper, green chilies, mushrooms, and tomatoes.  Stir often, until vegetables soften and flavors meld – 10 to 15 minutes. 

Tortillas:  Pour oil to depth of ½ inch in small heavy skillet.  Set over moderate heat.  When ready, dip tortillas, one by one until just long enough to soften.  Drain on paper towels.

 

To layer:  arrange half of tortillas in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Then, build up the layers:  ½ the chicken and 1/2 sauce and ½ the cheese.  Then, another layer of tortillas, the other ½ of the chicken and remaining sauce and cheese.

 

Optional:  you can add black olives


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Let’s Camp at NaNoWriMo!

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Usually November is National Novel Writing Month, wherein the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel. However, the goals for the Camp for July are more loose goals and you can set your own word count towards any genre of writing, fiction, nonfiction memoir, poetry, even blogging. Another thing that is awesome about this kind of camp is that you have cabin mates which gives me incentive to meet my goal and adds an element of accountability. Won’t it be fun to watch the word count rise?

We start on Tuesday, July 1st!

Who’s game? Who wants to write, write, write?
Pick me!
Let me know if you’d like to join our cabin. We still have room for about six or seven more cabin mates.
Happy writing!


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“My Soul is Summoned”

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My Soul is Summoned

My soul is summoned,
on barren lands,
in the middle of nowhere,
alone, it stands,
free.

 

My Soul Summons me to Peaceful surrounds, to Light without sounds, to Love

without Boundaries.

 

My soul is summoned to answer calls
Reverberating through subtle halls
Where mankind has dwelt for far too long
Deciding what is right and wrong.
Step outside, there is no quiz
Eternity just simply is.

 

My soul is summoned on wings to fly

High above an earthly sky

To take flight to a new world

A place with love, peace and flags unfurled

 

What will be there when you arrive?

Not for you to know, only to thrive.

Trust yourself and be off to explore

It is for you to love and nothing more.

 My soul summon me through fire rise
cast ash greyed mystery disguised
walk no need to hide the eyes
what calls to see but cross the water
these pawmarks, mine,
and most of all, for this to know
that I am she, am this, forever soul

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS:  Me,  Forgotten Meadows, Booknvolume, Rob McShane, Phoenix Tears Healed

 


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Heart Bandaids

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I wish there were such a thing as
Heart Bandaids
to give you riend
one that uses the salve
of your tears
to soothe your brokenness

My silence stuns me
My words fall short
There are no words
to heal a wound so deep as a loss

Is there a special sewing kit
to stich and lace your
fond memories to your soul
so the healing
would hasten?

For now, my dear one
May time rebuild and restore
light and joy
in the beautiful you.

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Silent walk

We miss you and your sweet words.

Peace, Love and Patchouli

Where have you gone
My sweetest friend
Are you walking those boards
Pondering
Alone?
Do you whisper to ghosts
That haunt you in night
When the wind blows
Rattling the windows
With a chill
So very cold.
Will you come back again
To play in the light
Where we wait for a sign
That all is well
Will you remember our names
Our secrets
Or words
And will you reach out once more
To those left wondering
The absence of a soul
A friend,
Come
Please
Let’s begin again
Your words fade
And I am afraid
To never see
The whisper of a kindred spirit
Walking these boards
Of the mind.

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