Poetry: Rick Dove – Recipe #23: How to Make a Hippie Shake

Recipe #23: How to Make a Hippie Shake

ensure you pick a ripe one,
Lord’s son,
or some other landed dignitary,
shave unattended growths
from base of head,
until smooth,
and pinky-red,
virgin flesh

splash
on aftershave.

take the mane
of nondescript straggled, bedraggled,
hair so hemp hassle unkempt haggled,
crusty, curly, swirly surly locks
rinse thoroughly,
and chop,

place in warm suit,
and bring to toil,

grill
ever so lightly
politely
with searching inquiries
until flesh reddens slightly
then
press firmly
increase heat
until simmering
quivering
in own juices,
repeat,

and repeat.

baste in fine prospects
and family stock,
until the shame runs clear
and adolescent need to shock
is washed away

reduce to thick masses,
diced with weed
sweetened with greed
spin sugar
spin sugar
spin

and
remove from heat

(should be baking),

and offer job,
your Hippie should now be

Shaking.

By Rick Dove

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