Monday, October 31, 2016

The Feeling to Caramel Apples 
From a lovers' treat 
To a Halloween treat 

The Feeling (Shakespearean sonnet) 

What is this feeling that I can’t suppress
It has its start here somewhere near my heart
Then spreads out to these arms I scant repress
And once around my love they will not part
With arms entwined the lips now yearn to meet
The feeling flushing rushing to their call
Our senses heighten toward impending treat
The feeling loosed all reason to forestall
Why fight the feeling’s power over us
It seems so hopeless as it’s gone this far
I’m sure we’ll find some good use for our fuss
Let’s continue on from where we are
There’s one last thing to which I must attend
To start the kissing put the words to end 

Feelings give way to something grander in this Shakespearean sonnet. This sonnet was intended not so much to be romantic, but to be cute. We have three quatrains, twelve lines, describing a feeling and a preparation for something grander. It isn't until the last line of the sonnet that we find out what it is. I wonder what the couple was doing when the sonnet was completed. 

It's funny. I met Arlene in 1966. We were just friends way back then. A magic tear would change all that was. We would become made lovers. We would marry. We would be granted a perfect day. We would become partners. Dreams and adventure were laid at our feet. It's funny in all this time, with all that Arlene and I have experienced, kissing and cuddling is still one of the things that we really enjoyed. Sure, it slowed down a lot from our teenage years. But cuddling and kissing remained constant from the disco days on. Two lovie-dovies. We cuddled and kissed throughout California and on our various exploits in America. One of the other funny things is: We definitely had our favorite cuddling and kissing memories. But these "definite" favorites change depending on the mood. 

Here we are. A product of everything that we have gone through  and our experiences of it all, sprinkled with this and that. If we stop to think about it, to take it all in, we are pretty amazing. Here is another example of how amazing we are. Did you know that the person we were ten years ago is dead? That's right; Except for our neurons (which has only been discovered recently) and memories, every cell of our body has died. Is that all we are: memories and neurons? What about this one. Have you ever created something when you were young (not a baby) with a life of its own? We left it long ago. Many years later it crosses our path and we think, "Was that really me?" A different us on a different path. The world, or our part of it, is changed because we are here. And we can do, change so much more. We are amazing. So why not Enjoy? 

One more step in amazement: Roni Benise "Spanish Kiss" 

Let's change the world by learning how not to make caramel apples 

There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world. It would take you more than 20 years to try them all if you ate one a day. One of the big treats around the Halloween season is the caramel apple. Here is Gregg, of You Suck At Cooking, to show us how not to make caramel apples. 
If you want to make caramel apples go here: . Then enjoy: "Caramel Apples - You Suck at Cooking (episode 50)" 

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Billie Holiday


  1. Another enjoyable read.
    Happy Halloween

  2. Yep, we are so different most times indeed. Even on the inside down to the science of it all.

    1. Love the way you put it, "...inside down to the science of it all."
      Thank you

  3. Love the heart shaped silhouette between the lovers.
    Given how unreliable memories can be, perhaps neurons are the only stability...
    And it doesn't matter. The present is a gift.

    1. "The present is a gift." - I so agree
      Thank you for spending this moment with me

  4. How lovely it is to be so helpless to something so beautiful as love. I enjoyed your poem and your words.

    1. Love can be magic
      Thank you for your words

  5. I love this post, Martin.....Lovely that the cuddling and closeness continued. I especially like your note after the poem.

    1. Thank you
      So happy I moved someone who moves me

  6. Then spreads out to these arms I scant repress
    And once around my love they will not part

    Love is something one submits to willingly without thinking. One is least rational as it is being emotional. Great that Arlene provides for your needs, Martin!


    1. Thank you for your kind words and for your isight

  7. Martin you truly appreciate the beauty of your life. You see with perceptive eyes and have experienced a great love. We are all a product today of everything we've known. I try to live in the "now" as I believe time is "now".

    Billie Holiday the lady who sang the blues certainly knew the joy of a lover's kiss.

    Happy Halloween wishing you a night of dreams.

    1. Ps - through your words Arlene is still with you never gone just transformed!

    2. Thank you for your warm words.
      I have had a great life. That's why I was so heavily involved in charities.
      Continue to live and don't let anyone to convince you, you can't
      Explore and enjoy your cans

  8. A sweet and romantic write ~ You are indeed blessed to have those cuddles and kisses with your wife ~ And I just love that beautifully seductive ~

    1. Oh my. You really enjoyed this.
      Thank you for making me feel good