Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?
National Poetry Month was started in 1996 as a way for us to celebrate and share poetry among our culture. Nationally, libraries and schools participate in this event by holding poetry readings, setting up displays, and holding workshops for people who are interested to learn and practice the craft.
I started writing when I was young, and found poetry as a way to better express my feelings. In fact, I know many friends who were first introduced to poetry during their High School years and used it as an outlet for some of the emotional life transitions that they were going through. I have always used writing as a form of therapy. It helps me make more sense of something as I can see the words on the page. The best thing about poetry is that it doesn’t have to rhyme – it can be whatever you want it to be, because it is art.
This weekend I decided to have a marathon writing session because I am a bit behind in word count for my novel. The one thing I always make sure to have on hand for writing is coffee and something sweet.
The Starbucks Dark French Roast happened to be my coffee of choice for this event. I absolutely love the Starbucks line of coffee and am so glad that I can purchase the grounds from my local Walmart and brew them at home to achieve the exact same quality as I would get if I drove to Starbucks and purchased one. In fact, I actually save a lot of money in gas by doing this because I drink it so often. The Dark French Roast has a very stout flavor and is their boldest flavor. Since it is a “dark” roast, this means that they roast the beans at a temperature level that will allow them to come out with the most bold flavor, which is part of what I love about Starbuck’s brand of coffee, you know that you always get exactly what you purchase.
By itself, the coffee is divine. It is very rich and flavorful with notes of toasted nuts, caramelized sugar, and roasted vegetables. I know this sounds strange, but it is delicious. When I went shopping for the coffee I loved seeing the selection that Starbucks now has in my local Walmart. They have anything you could want from beans, to grounds, to instant. I even saw some of the instant versions of their tasty lemonades. Be sure to check out the special display at your local Walmart featuring the Starbucks brand of coffee!
I wanted to pick up a snack to pair with my coffee during my writing marathon. The Walmart Bakery offers an array of tasty treats that allow you to have a snack, for an affordable price, without having to go to the trouble of slaving away in the kitchen all afternoon. (Which I definitely didn’t have time for since it would have defeated the goal for my weekend of only writing.)
I came home with the Turtle brownies. I am a sucker for chocolate and caramel together. Pairing the dark chocolate brownie with the dark roasted coffee was heaven. The perfect amount of sweet to bitter ratio and they complimented each other so well. In order to adequately pair chocolate and coffee, it is advised that the chocolate is at room temperature and that the coffee is freshly brewed. When drinking the coffee by itself, I noticed the rich aroma and the strong bite of the brew. I personally love this in my coffee. I tend to have more of a bitter palate than a sweet one. Next, I took a square of the turtle brownie and ate it slowly, allowing the flavors to explode in my mouth. If you have never tried pairing coffee with chocolate before, I highly recommend it. It is honestly one of the best things your taste buds will ever experience.
It wouldn’t be Natoinal Poetry Month without celebrating by writing a poem, so since we are on the subject of coffee today, I decided to share a little something about one of my best friends, my morning coffee.
Ode To Coffee
My morning coffee, though a treat
Is anything but nice and sweet
I like caffeine to do it’s job
As I’m a bit of a coffee snob.
2 Tablespoons to brew my cup
The only thing that wakes me up
I crave the rich aroma too
But not just any cup will do.
My day begins at 8am
With a dark and roasted, faithful friend
I prefer to start my day
The loyal, good old-fashioned way.
My addiction may be obsure
But I swear to you, it’s good and pure
No, I don’t NEED coffee to survive
But it sure helps keep my brain alive.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy National Poetry Month!
How do you plan on celebrating?
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