Candyland Revisited


gingerbread houses line candy apple streets
where caramel people
go to work in houses
owned by meringues
who live under plastic wrap
for protection
never really comprehending
that moments collide
without warning

sluicing out the chaff

Copyright/all rights reserved 2020 Audrey Howitt

Posted today for Poets and Storytellers Pantry


  1. Interesting metaphor...perhaps it's not so sweet as it looks?

  2. Life rarely cares for explanations. It just happens, "without warning", never apologizing. Leaving everyone to live... or else.

  3. This reminds me of the 1962 song that mocked suburban tract housing as "little boxes" of different colors "all made out of ticky-tacky", and which "all look just the same". I forget who write it, but the title was "Little Boxes", I think.

    1. Written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962; became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963. I remember it well!

  4. Isn't it amazing how much we dislike each other even when we speak the same language as though we need to compete with each other yet we do like to live in overcrowded cities!

  5. I think the colliding moments have been more noticeable of late! I wonder if that will lead to lasting comprehension.

  6. fine metaphor indeed. my hat is off.

  7. You are just too good, my friend. The metaphor is spot on, sadly.

    The New Frontier is before us. Will we welcome it or fight it? Stay tuned!

  8. Minds and thoughts can go stale under plastic. Hearts too. Best to air them out and expose them to fresh air. It might just cut down on the number of collisions.

  9. Those last lines are powerful metaphors indeed.

  10. ooh your piece here is delectable to the senses! well done.

  11. My goodness this is potent! Yes, "moments collide without warning."

  12. Nursery Rhyme meets Beatles song. I have to admit it made me hungry.


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