Sunday, February 9, 2014

Haiku Chocolate

lunchtime, snow falls
as we leave the restaurant,
i put my arm through yours
and catch a flake on my tongue

the rich scent of smoking salmon
is carried on the cold, salt air,
as if it were on the ashes
of long-ago village fires
dotting the shore behind us

just a few blocks up from the landing,
and a stroll through the courtyard
past northwest carvings of
lighthouses, natives—
to the red cup cafĂ© and the perfect cup—
and on to mukilteo chocolate co. for dessert

you pull the door open, and i say
“what do you think i should i get?”
you smile—suggestive,
“you can get whatever you want”

over the counter the owner
overhears, teases— “that’s dangerous
to tell a woman in a chocolate shop”

a seated man hears, too “or smart”
he’s right, we all laugh—together,
strangers in a shared moment

“well, i have to get the haiku
dark chocolate, ginger,
hint of wasabi, candied ginger on top—
“i just made triple wasabi,
it’s in the back, i can get you some
“no thanks, i’ll go easy and try this first”

we select some amazing flavors,
sip coffee, look out at the view of the sound,
savoring them, and each other
and all the little things that become
the best kind of poetry

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

Claudia at dVerse has us writing sketchbook poetry.  As she puts it, “poetry that captures a scene — poetry that is immediate and in the moment.”  With my husband’s schedule and the kids off at school we get to take dates midweek, midday sometimes.  It snowed briefly as we left one of our favorite places on Tuesday and it seemed the perfect moment to capture on paper.  And yes, Haiku Chocolate Truffle is delicious!


  1. this is the best kind of poetry, Jen, you draw the reader right into the happy sounds and smells. I love this! nice love poem too!

  2. thanks for carrying us along in those marvelous moments - and chocolate makes everything better!

  3. Oh that chocolate sounds divine ,, and a letting anyone having as much dark chocolate as they want is dangerous....

  4. oh that is wonderful... i love chocolate and luckily there's no such chocolate shop close to where i live...ha... that would be the shared moments with the other guests in the shop as well... the convo snippets...the togetherness with hubs... sweet in every way

  5. wow that sounds like a delicious the wasabi with it makes for a very interesting flavor....sounds like a fun day/date out and about...your server at the shop sounds cool as well...

  6. I love this very real capture of took the reader right there with you. I can almost smell the coffee! Smiles.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon shared with your husband!

  8. This made me very hungry ~ Lovely time shared with a loved one is a treat ~ Title rocks too ~

  9. What a beautiful day this must have been. Lovely Jennifer.

  10. What delightful experience! And delightfully told.

  11. You are right ....all the little things that become
    the best kind of poetry. Love this :)

  12. scrumptious, visual, perfect ~

  13. I love this little poetic sketch, Jennifer. I can imagine myself sitting in that cafe, overhearing the shared jokes and light laughter. The warmth between the couple (well, you and your hubby) and the conviviality between strangers pinned against the sound is just lovely. Beautifully written!

  14. this is brilliant
    edible poetry
    satisfying indeed

  15. Looking at the title and the poem, I was thinking how haiku is so good it shouldn't be restricted to a few lines, like chocolate shouldn't be restricted to a few bites.

    Did it melt in your mouth like the snow?


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