Saturday, February 27, 2016

Poem: The Haagen Dazs Coffee Ice Cream Poem

The Haagen Dazs Coffee Ice Cream Poem

You can keep the assortment of cookies
And snacking will not do it for me
While a cupcake’s enough for most people
My favorite these never can be

Save me the offers of candy
Leave confection wrapped up in its place
For there is only one thing you can serve me
Of highest, most desirable taste

To the counter I amble with purpose
Then waiting on line for my turn
‘Nary a word need be spoken
For the server knows well what I yearn

Haagen Dazs my sure destination
Every friend or acquaintance attests
But only one flavor is ordered
Coffee preferred as the best

Sitting in heaven’s contentment
As I savor and relish each taste
Scraping the sides for what lingers
Not one, single remnant to waste

So keep all the tired, old pretzels
Spare me the popcorn or chips
Nothing can equal the pleasures
Of these never-enough ice cream trips

And I will say it once more with conviction
There’ll be no deviation as such
It’s my Haagen Dazs brand coffee ice cream
That I obsessively love oh so much

Copyright SGW 2016

Footnote: Re-write of my 1996 poem “To Bring a Yummy Tummy." I think this is written significantly better.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Blackbird (Broadway)

The new Broadway dramatic production, "Blackbird," will attract attention mostly due to lead actor, Jeff Daniels. Mr. Daniels deserves high praise in his role as Ray. And the script, written by David Harrower, is intriguing in its complexity, misdirection and rawness.

Michelle Williams, though, is the shining star here. Her remarkable performance is tender, pained, disturbing, and ardent. Ms. Williams has garnered attention in the past for striking performances in "Blue Valentine," "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Station Agent," among other films. Yet it is here, as Una, that she has reached new heights and lays claim to being one of the most talented and underrated actresses in Hollywood or on Broadway. Ms. Williams offers an enervating portrayal of a young woman's struggle to come to terms with childhood trauma and an adult heart that leaves the audience as emotionally spent as Ms. Williams appears to be at the conclusion of the play. For this, "Blackbird" is a must see. Go!