Flowers on Venus

I like to believe there are flowers on Venus
Though we’ve never seen them
And they’ve never seen us,
And the pearly mist that she wears serves to screen us
I’m perfectly sure there are flowers on Venus.

Venus is hot, that’s what scientists say-
Her great heavy atmosphere gets in the way
When heat tries to escape,
And the scientists make
A point to explain that the Greenhouse Effect
Makes them quite sure that not even a speck
Of life ever swirled
On our bright sister world

But I’ve thought, and I’ve thought,
And I’ve pondered for hours-
How could there be a greenhouse
Without any flowers?

A rainbow of colors
Blooms dazzling bright,
With faces turned up so they easily might
Drink raindrops of acid,
Nitric, sulfuric,
They’re strong and resilient
And you can be sure it
Makes sense they’ve grown use to conditions like these
Just like some folks grow up eating limberger cheese.

They wave in the valleys
And carpet the mountains
And spring from the hillsides like colorful fountains,
And though millions of miles of space lie between us,
And we’ve never seen them,
And they’ve never seen us,

I like to believe…

There are flowers on Venus.

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Roget’s Thesaurus was itchin’

To keep up with modern diction.

‘Cause they aren’t quite lies

The tome classifies

“Alternative facts” under fiction.

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Chicken Soup with Spatches

‘Consumer Reports’ Chicken Soup

3 cups water
1 (32 ounce) box chicken broth
1 & 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1/8 teaspoon thyme
Chicken breast half, with skin (about 1/4 pound)
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots, or onion

Place water, broth, salt, celery, marjoram and thyme into a large soup pan.  Place broth mix on high heat.  Place chicken, skin side down, into small pre-heated Teflon frying pan.  Brown over medium heat about five minutes.  Remove chicken, and place it into a soup pan.  Reduce frying pan heat to low.  Add shallots or onion to frying pan and stir one to two minutes.  Add shallots or onion to broth mix.  When broth mix comes to a boil, let it boil for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, remove meat and set it aside to cool.  When it is cool enough, remove the meat from the bones, dice it and return it to the soup.


2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 & 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon salt

In a mixing bowl, place flour and salt.  In a 2 cup measuring cup, measure 1/2 cup milk.  Add egg and oil and whisk until all mixed up.  Pour liquid into flour.  Whisk and stir vigorously until there are no lumps.  Bring soup to a ROLLING BOIL.  Stick spoon into boiling soup. Use hot spoon to scoop out a lump of dough, and toss it into the soup.  Stick spoon into boiling water again.  Repeat with another lump of dough.  Repeat until all dough is in soup.  When spatches rise to the surface, they are cooked.

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