Happy Taste Buds Sing

Choose staple ingredients
Mix together with swiftness
Hot oven for best rising
Yielding aromas divine
Mouth waters, bread lover’s glee
Hot biscuits, scones, cornbread
Rye, white, wheat, pumpernickel
Pancakes, waffles, crepes
Butter, clotted cream, sweet cream cheese
English muffins split and toasted
Bagels, French, Italian breads
Naan, flour tortillas, beignets
Low fiber or high fiber
Comfort ingredients or new
Matters not to my taste buds
Such delightful temptations
Tantalizing and fragrant
Discipline escapes me
Weakens Achilles’s tendon
Pushing the curbing limits
Happy taste buds sing tonight
For a moment Willpower
Smugly reminds me – “No no!
Your brief diet’s expiration!!”
My taste buds retort quickly
“Life’s too short and fleeting!
Diet falls to wayside of yum

“My oh my, Ahhh …and More, please!”
This current life’s too fleeting
Tomorrow’s another day!


Just in case, it may not be obvious, I LOVE LOVE LOVE bread … in any shape and size … particularly “hot, just out the oven”. My weaknesses are biscuits and scones! Give me either, with a pottered mug of dark roasted French drip coffee, or fragrant hot tea — I am in heaven!

This is another attempt at the form: Anacreontic Verse.

In my investigation of the form, I found a conflicting recommendations of syllables per line.

According to Poetry through the Ages:  “Anacreontic verse is an Ancient Greek lyrical form, consisting of 20- to 30-line poems with three to five syllables per line.

Developed by 6th century B.C. poet Anacreon, Anacreontic verse is one of many Ancient Greek forms that emerged during the height of the dramatic, musical, artistic, and poetic culture. The poems revolved around themes of love, infatuation, revelry, festivals, and observations of everyday life.”

According to Wikipedia, based on the Greek meter, the Anacreontic verse or anacreonteus is the same length of 20- 30 lines but with a seven-syllable line.

This 2nd attempt of the Anacreontic Verse consists of 30 lines with a seven-syllable line.


© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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39 Responses to Happy Taste Buds Sing

  1. I now have to lock myself in a closet so that I don’t get in the car and go to the nearest bakery.


  2. Le-Leigh says:

    Just need my cane syrup!!


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  4. mairmusic says:

    Love the mix of images here!


  5. poetryroad says:

    Check out my page…I nominated you for next week! I sure do love your work!


    Looking forward to reading more!


  6. A.B. Thomas says:

    Great! “wayside of yum” – that’s a phrase and a half!


  7. food for thoughts, well done..


  8. Kay Salady says:

    Oh my gosh, you’ve made me hungry! Yummy poem! Ha-ha-ha! xoXox


  9. Becca, use too make bread when I was first married. Your poem make my mouth water. Well done my friend.



  10. saya says:

    Wow its a very creative yummy yummy write. Need to run down the street to the bakery now 🙂


  11. I’m with you on bread and biscuits being so tempting, especially just out of the oven. The smell of baking is one of the best I’ve ever smelt, and always take me back to a childhood of baking with my Grandma. Beautiful poem, thank you for stirring the memories.
    The Lonely Recluse,


  12. Heaven says:

    Yummy and a feast not only for the eyes but the words as well. I am very hungry as my tastebuds are singing now. It is nice to see you trying out longer verses as I have only read your lovely haikus.

    I like the form.. I might try it some time. I just counted though that some lines don’t have the 7 syllables ie. like your first and last line? So the rules aren’t strict then?

    Thanks for sharing your lovely words ~ Happy day ~


    • becca givens says:

      Heaven – seems the syllable counters I used (4 of them) didn’t catch the first line with too many syllables during the writing – I corrected it. The last line still remains at 7 for all sites I checked with as well as my fingers. There is confusion in the form – some explanations indicate
      3 – 5 syllable lines, and other 7 syllable lines. They all agree with the 20-30 total lines.

      Thank you and I appreciate you letting me know.


  13. poetryroad says:

    WOW! Love this write because its creative, interesting, delicious and new! Gotta go now…the bakery down the street is calling me!


  14. blitzken says:

    “Diet falls to wayside of yum” Wonderful, and certainly something we all can relate to, haha.


  15. yummy poetry, thanks for making me feel hungry and wish to eat now.

    Happy Rally.


  16. My mouth waters and I am off to the bakery. So much for my diet. You dealt it a death blow at clotted cream.


  17. Irene says:

    You just made me want to grab a piece of bread right now! My taste buds are screaming, “food!!!” Very very interesting poem! 🙂



  18. Stop it! You’re killin me here, Becca. Bread? Love bread? I could live on bread! I was fairly drooling as I went down your list! My goodness! Wonderful!


  19. fiveloaf says:

    if there is something you did is to make my mouth water haha! tq for sharing becca and glad to be of acquaintance again through thursday rally..


  20. Ina says:

    Fun read! Food for the mind 🙂


  21. Anacreontic Verse … WOW …. I am astounded as to how many forms of poetry there are. I will just enjoy yours, Becca.
    You did a faboulous job of helping to make my mouth water and dribble down my chin with your words. Hot bread with melted butter oozing from under the crsipy crust. UGH …. I am in heaven just thinking about it. GOSH … I grew up right across the street from a Wonder Bread factory. I slept to the aroma of baking bread. MMmmmm …… Okay, I’m better now. ~~~~ : – )
    Toodles, Izzy


  22. my goodness, you are writing long verses, which is cool and new, bless you.

    sweet and delicious one.
    well done.


  23. Renee Espriu says:

    I love, love, love this, Becca! Yes, I did get the idea as I too have a weakness. This simply was mouth watering to read.


    • becca givens says:

      Ah, thanks, Renee! It is truly my favorite food group – even over desserts, and I love those too! Hot, fresh and slathered in butter … although, I can eat without the butter as well.


  24. Pat Cegan says:

    Great poem, has my mouth watering. I love to make bread. Can’t wait for you to visit me and we will drink pots of Brazilian coffee, tea made with herbs from the garden and as many different kinds of bread as we can bear. Hugs, pat


  25. Gosh, oh my, this is really delectable! A real creative poetic expression in food. Made me wonder if you had a B&B somewhere. I’d come and stay and eat your bread!!! Hi Becca. Glad to visit for a read of your wonderful poetry! Cindy


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