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by Joy
Rated: 18+ · Book · Drama · #1253431
Poetry in April -- in celebration
Daisies poetry signature


This is my Second Book of poems. I may not have eaten the plums from the icebox, but I am guilty of writing poetry without thinking too much, without laboring over words and lines.

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

          by William Carlos Williams

You, too, forgive me for I only love the writing process; the result is secondary...And please never mind that I am also aping William Carlos Williams's false apology. *Wink**Laugh*


*Note1*

From where does the title Beetlebung and Kettlehorn come from?

The name Beetlebung and Kettlehorn has to do with ancient whaling practices and Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

During the nineteenth century, because of its dense white wood, the tupelo tree was used in whale oil casks made of copper. Beetle was the mallet made from the Tupelo tree and bung was the stopper in the cask hole. In Martha’s vineyard, the Tupelo tree is still known as the Beetlebung tree, and at Chilmark there, is a Beetlebung Corner, with shops at Chilmark Center, from where roads lead to other interesting points.

Kettlehorn, as well as being an ancient surname, refers to a piece of equipment resembling to but much bigger than a shoe-horn, used to stir the hot blubber and separate the fine oil from the denser particles. Whale oil was a popular commodity and, as a fuel, was used for lighting the dark, burning to provide heat and as an aid in cooking. After the whale was hunted, men in a boat cut strips of blubber from the whale's back, tied them together and rowed ashore. There the fat was cut into smaller pieces to be boiled into oil in large copper kettles.

In addition there exists kettle corn in Cape Cod which are corn chips fried in kettles and sometimes mistakenly called kettlehorns.

For some reason, way back when, the words Beetlebung and Kettlehorn were used together and, at one time or another, were given to shops and other things that go together as titles.

I adopted the name for my on-the-spot poetry in reference to the idea of blubber. *Laugh*



"Poetry the shortest distance between two humans"
Lawrence Ferlinghetti


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#298. After You
ID #980202 entered on April 4, 2020 at 10:31am
#297. Letting Go
ID #957924 entered on April 30, 2019 at 12:51pm
#296. Traffic
ID #957841 entered on April 29, 2019 at 10:39am
#295. Confusion
ID #957740 entered on April 28, 2019 at 11:27am
#294. Maple
ID #957646 entered on April 27, 2019 at 10:45am
#293. Solace
ID #957575 entered on April 26, 2019 at 10:08am
#292. Envy
ID #957519 entered on April 25, 2019 at 12:32pm
#291. Rock
ID #957416 entered on April 24, 2019 at 8:57am
#290. Tears
ID #957321 entered on April 23, 2019 at 10:25am
#289. Liquid Diet
ID #957242 entered on April 22, 2019 at 1:03pm
#288. Rose Garden
ID #957164 entered on April 21, 2019 at 11:42am
#287. Clouds
ID #957081 entered on April 20, 2019 at 11:06am
#286. Gloom
ID #956994 entered on April 19, 2019 at 10:39am
#285. Moonbeam
ID #956911 entered on April 18, 2019 at 12:07pm
#284. In Retrospect
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#283. Ennui
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#282. Seasoned
ID #956608 entered on April 15, 2019 at 7:02am
#281. Rainstorm
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#280. June Bug
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#279. Wolf
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#278. Hermit Crab
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#277. Dishwashing
ID #956292 entered on April 10, 2019 at 6:36pm
#276. At the Grand Bazaar
ID #956192 entered on April 9, 2019 at 10:26am
#275. Saturn’s Ring
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#274. The Beached Whale
ID #955993 entered on April 7, 2019 at 10:46am
#273. Where the Azaleas Bloomed
ID #955915 entered on April 6, 2019 at 10:47am
#272. A Dream I Once Had
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#271. Dream Tripping
ID #955806 entered on April 4, 2019 at 4:29pm
#270. After Me
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#269. In the Park
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#268. Rearview
ID #955541 entered on April 1, 2019 at 1:06pm
#267. Ashes
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#266. Quantum Entanglement
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#265. Such Sweet Sorrow
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#264. In Defense of…
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#263. To World
ID #933583 entered on April 28, 2018 at 11:58am
#262. Quercus Suber
ID #933523 entered on April 27, 2018 at 12:17pm
#261. In My Pocket
ID #933469 entered on April 26, 2018 at 12:08pm
#260. Never There
ID #933403 entered on April 25, 2018 at 11:20am
#259. Resume
ID #933352 entered on April 24, 2018 at 12:20pm
#258. A Hundred Gigantic Eyes
ID #933303 entered on April 23, 2018 at 2:48pm
#257. Making Jam
ID #933232 entered on April 22, 2018 at 7:41am
#256. Consoling Tones
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#255. Uselessness
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#254. Poppies
ID #933068 entered on April 19, 2018 at 12:21am
#253. Those Pushy Words!
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#252. Carmen, My Friend
ID #932970 entered on April 17, 2018 at 12:03pm
#251. How to Paint with Colors
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#250. On the Ice
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#249. Losing Count
ID #932760 entered on April 14, 2018 at 1:27pm
#248. Laundry-Room Ghost
ID #932698 entered on April 13, 2018 at 1:15pm
#247. Elegy to Interior Parts Cordoned Off
ID #932638 entered on April 12, 2018 at 1:48pm
#246. Every Friday
ID #932572 entered on April 11, 2018 at 12:24pm
#245. Prospectus for Rant
ID #932509 entered on April 10, 2018 at 12:50pm
#244. Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)
ID #932423 entered on April 9, 2018 at 12:09pm
#243. A Change of Habit
ID #932329 entered on April 8, 2018 at 10:38am
#242. Noticing
ID #932272 entered on April 7, 2018 at 1:14pm
#241. Straying
ID #932195 entered on April 6, 2018 at 6:32am
#240. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
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#239. He Sleeps through the Night
ID #932066 entered on April 4, 2018 at 11:32am
#238. I Took a Walk
ID #931988 entered on April 3, 2018 at 8:48am
#237. You'd Rather...
ID #931931 entered on April 2, 2018 at 10:51am
#236. Footprints
ID #931889 entered on April 1, 2018 at 6:51pm
#235. Pre-April 2018 Poems
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#234. At the End
ID #910146 entered on April 30, 2017 at 10:20am
#233. Questions
ID #910070 entered on April 29, 2017 at 10:14am
#232. In the Garden
ID #910017 entered on April 28, 2017 at 10:24am
#231. By the Ocean
ID #909964 entered on April 27, 2017 at 11:36am
#230. Walls
ID #909888 entered on April 26, 2017 at 8:05am
#229. When Grandpa Took Me to the Fair
ID #909820 entered on April 25, 2017 at 8:57am
#228. E-Mail
ID #909779 entered on April 24, 2017 at 12:25pm
#227. Walking Coco at Night
ID #909696 entered on April 23, 2017 at 10:18am
#226. Double Mouth
ID #909631 entered on April 22, 2017 at 4:47am
#225. Coping
ID #909582 entered on April 21, 2017 at 10:44am
#224. Pathos
ID #909512 entered on April 20, 2017 at 11:01am
#223. At Sea
ID #909434 entered on April 19, 2017 at 6:04am
#222. Just a Note
ID #909352 entered on April 18, 2017 at 4:16am
#221. Manic Monday
ID #909289 entered on April 17, 2017 at 7:19am
#220. The Color of Delight
ID #909199 entered on April 16, 2017 at 2:47am
#219. Checks
ID #909075 entered on April 15, 2017 at 4:54am
#218. Atomic Vision
ID #909008 entered on April 14, 2017 at 3:05am
#217. Tipping the Scales
ID #908950 entered on April 13, 2017 at 1:54am
#216. To All My Pet Peeves
ID #908907 entered on April 12, 2017 at 10:54am
#215. Genetics
ID #908842 entered on April 11, 2017 at 10:47am
#214. Tempest
ID #908778 entered on April 10, 2017 at 11:06am
#213. Out of This World
ID #908690 entered on April 9, 2017 at 9:59am
#212. In Arizona
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#211. Pinhead
ID #908580 entered on April 7, 2017 at 9:09am
#210. Cruise Ship Maze
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#209. Chance Meeting
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#208. Nightmare
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#207. Authentication
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#206. Carp
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#205. Rust
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#204. Under the Rain
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#203. Mackerel
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#202. Boxes
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#201. As If Perfumes
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#200. Inside the Porch
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#199. Japanese Knives
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