I Dream Violet & Veruca Are Best Friends by Kristin Garth

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Veruca Salt: Let’s be friends.

Violet Beauregarde: Best friends.

[both turn away, obviously hating each other]”

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, 2005 Tim

Burton film 

 

Upon a chocolate current, inside 

a candied carnation boat, pinafored girls,

hands entwined, float.  One in crimson beside

one in blue cavort toward fudge fjord, swirled

cliffs umber, cashew. The ones who row

at perfect pace know swudge1 meadow

is the place — teacup flowers, violet, yellow

raised in New Zealand, Chile where they grow

as jovellana violacea.

Sugar replicas, bushes blooming cups

for chocolate milk from cows who graze on

spearmint sugar tufts, corrupt mix up

of flavors presented to two to judge

before dessert — their climb to cliffs of fudge.

 

 

1Swudge is a word Dahl coined for the minty

sugar that composed the grass in the chocolate

river meadow.

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket forthcoming from Roaring Junior Press.  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com