Fat Tuesday – A Poem

On my way to work this morning I was thinking about the fact that it is Mardi Gras today, and this poem started forming in my mind. I decided I had to get it out before it was gone. Besides, I needed a new poem to link to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night later today.

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras
We call it Fat Tuesday
It’s the day we eat,
drink and be merry
for tomorrow we shall die
or maybe only diet

We sacrifice the things we love
→chocolate
→sweets
→coffee
→bread
→maybe our favorite TV shows

We attempt by our sacrifice
to understand
the passion of Christ, His suffering,
His sacrifice for us

He really did die,
not just diet

For 40 days we sacrifice
as if we were wandering
in the wilderness, hungry and tired
But each night we sleep in our own
warm, cozy beds
with our stomachs full
even if not with our favorite treats

Can we ever truly understand?
Perhaps not
For today, let’s just eat

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19 responses to “Fat Tuesday – A Poem

  1. Claudia picked my favourite lines too:
    He really did die
    not just diet.

    We can never truly understand. All we can do is be truly thankful.

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  2. I’m hungry now 😉

    Great verse, Linda – Food for thought 😉

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  4. ~L

    today… let’s just eat! 🙂 I shall!!!

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  5. cool….can we understand when we sleep in our bed and our stomach is full…we can’t know…

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  6. Linda, what a great poem! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to get these down and shared with us! God bless you as you eat today!

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    • Deb, It occurred to me that I’ve recently given up dairy and wheat pretty much permanently – not just for Lent – so eating today won’t be any different than eating tomorrow. 🙂 But Lent does make me think of the sacrifice of our dear Jesus, and to at least try to comprehend. Peace, Linda

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  7. But each night we sleep in our own
    warm, cozy beds
    with our stomachs full
    even if not with our favorite treats

    Beautifully said Linda—

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  8. You reminded me of the Fat Tuesday’s we celebrated when I was a kid, pancake suppers in the church basement,platters piled high with hotcakes.

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  9. Gay

    Still maybe Lent is a salvation and not a penance in this land of butter, milk and honey! Loved it. Thanks.

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  10. This is a rarity: a true indictment and an entertaining read. This better than any Mardi Gras treat.

    “For 40 days we sacrifice
    as if we were wandering
    in the wilderness, hungry and tired
    But each night we sleep in our own
    warm, cozy beds
    with our stomachs full
    even if not with our favorite treats”

    Pretty much puts my meager sacrifice in its proper place. Thanks!
    – Mosk

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  11. ooo can we truly understand…in the age of excess i really dont think so…nice point there…

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  12. LOL my bet is one diet and not die, but you just never know.

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  13. perhaps we can’t…just bow humbly…
    He really did die,
    not just diet..love that..

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