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Poem 117 – Two Sleeps ’till Cheesecake

Two Sleeps ‘till Cheesecake

the comfort foods brings is real
from the moment you know it’s coming…

warm sourdough bread soaking up warm butter
green grapes so crunchy your teeth smile
hot fudge – the spoonful at the bottom of the bowl
melted ice cream bubbly & thin
a salty french fry to wipe up the sides
cheesecake

thick cold so creamy you hold it on your tongue like a lover’s throat
sticky cherry drizzle like swelling puckered lips
crushed cookie bottom that spills on your chin
that first bite a lesson in ecstasy

the comfort of food is real
so tell yourself it’s coming…
& indulge


I’ve got cheesecake on the brain because it’s what I’ll be devouring post-book launch! To celebrate, Nick, the kids and I are ordering our favourite meals and chowing down before and after the big event! I’ve been eating for comfort my entire life, if you didn’t know…but, that’s changed a lot since 2019 when I joined Noom and lost 35 pounds…I do occasionally eat for the pure joy of comfort (ex. Plant Joy donuts I slammed down my gullet earlier this month!), but mostly, I wait and really indulge for special events. This is a special event! So, we’ll be eating all our favs. It’s like, all we talk about!

Last evening’s tech rehearsal went well. We had lots of laughs and are ready to wow you with our technological prowess…and get you workin’ yours as well! We’ll be going on a little field trip to youtube premiere for the launch! Don’t worry, host Charis Cotter is a great leader and she’ll talk us through it.

If you have registered for the Zoom webinar link, please be sure to do so before Thursday!

Here’s the info:

When: Apr 29, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: Thimbles Hometown Launch
Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2tEPlPPzSx-j9YbJUwJOFA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-order your book here! If you’d like Vanessa to sign your book at the virtual launch, please let her know via email: shieldsvanessa@gmail.com


Thimbles – An Interview w/ Deb Hill

Sarnia poet and literary blogger Deb Okun Hill have been poetry pals for years. I had the opportunity to edit her first collection of poetry Tarnished Trophies, and we’ve been heart-connected since! Deb does interviews with writers and posts them on her blog Kites Without Strings. She sent me some questions which I happily answered (super questions, Deb!), and wrote a beautiful blog about ‘Thimbles’. I’m continually amazing at how the words affect each reader in special ways. Deb’s attention to detail and depth of reading is a gift!

To read Deb’s interview, please CLICK HERE! Do subscribe to her blog for more incredible blogs with writers. Thank you, Deb!

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