CABB’s Winter

Challenge, 2021

DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

CATHERINE’S CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE

by Linda S Barth

– Or –

Is It Even Possible to Celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day with Vincent?

Some chocolate-covered cheese balls
Or cookies with chocolate chips,
Berries dipped in molten fudge,
So inspired, she licks her lips.

Three-layer cakes with frosting,
Or a sweetheart’s Valentine,
S’mores toasted by a campfire,
Could there be a chocolate wine?

Vincent so loves chocolate,
There just has to be a way
To satisfy and please him
On Chocolate Anything Day.

Squishy chocolate-filled donuts,
Ice cream smooshed on Mallomars,
A jar of chocolate butter
To spread on a chocolate bar.

A dish of chocolate pudding,
Hot fists of Hanukkah gelt,
Or maybe some Nutella?
Which of these might make him melt?

The list grows ever longer,
Yet the answer isn’t there.
She has to find perfection
Or drown in chocolate despair.

I must be more creative,
She vows with a surge of strength,
But cover what with chocolate?
I will go to any length!

Chocolate spread on French fries,
Or slathered on bacon strips,
Chocolate on a bagel,
Drizzled on potato chips?

Oh, those ideas are stupid!
She grimaces, groans, and sighs.
There’s something that I’m missing,
Something else I need to try.

I’ve got it now, she shouts out,
This is how I’ll make my plan!
To get some inspiration,
I should focus on my man!

She shuts her eyes and lets her
Dreams and visions run quite free.
Soon she can picture Vincent
In chocolatey ecstasy.

Blue eyes gleaming with pleasure,
Lusty sighs filling Below,
Devouring the sweetness
He believed he’d never know.

Furred chocolate-sticky fingers,
Lips with a semi-sweet smudge.
Yes, this was what was missing —
All she’d needed was that nudge.

Her eyes fly open, then she
Throws that useless list away,
And grabs the box of candy
She’d bought for their special day.

Why wait another minute
When the timing’s oh so right?
Chocolate Day is tomorrow,
But they’ll celebrate tonight.

Hours later Vincent’s chamber
Still echoes with melting sighs
Of lovers who’d discovered
The hottest chocolate surprise.

How wondrously they linger
Through the long, delicious night,
Sharing, spreading, savoring
So much chocolatey delight.

Delectably exhausted,
In a sticky, snuggled heap,
They sigh and cuddle closer,
Chocolate promises to keep.

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