Since I gave up chocolate for Lent

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A little Lenten silliness to start National Poetry Month. 
This one’s in the form of a villanelle.

 

Since I gave up chocolate for Lent

I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent
on things that are frankly awful for me
since I gave up chocolate for Lent.

I’ve purchased eighteen cheese cakes, blew the rent
money on baklava and gin – honestly,
I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent,

but it’s been huge. I doubt Father Bill meant
it to go this way, but my friends agree:
since I gave up chocolate for Lent

I’ve gone downhill. This cocoa fast has sent
me to the mall to dull my misery.
I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent,

but I’ve gained sixty pounds and put a dent
in my 401k. Screw charity,
since I gave up chocolate for Lent

I have lost all virtue. I’m hell-bent
on survival. God, bring Easter quickly!
I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent
since I gave up chocolate for Lent.

 

About Andrew Kreider

I'm a poet and musician,transplanted from London, England to beautiful northern Indiana. By day I am a stay-at-home dad with our three kids while my amazingly talented spouse conquers medical school one long shift at a time. At night, I'm a performer and trouble-maker. I love my life.

3 responses »

  1. Oh Andrew, your wit is so delightful! I can’t tell you how much I giggled, since I read your poem :-)

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  2. Lynn Fairfield

    Dear Andrew – L & I really needed a laugh. Thank you! How are things in general? We MISS you all so much. love, Lynnie

    On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Penguin Poems

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  3. This cracks me up, Andrew!!

    I tried to give up complaining for lent this year…that was impossible…found myself complaining about not being able to complain! ;)

    Reply

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