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The simplest things are symbolic of much more...


when I don't want to think
I make popcorn
in the microwave
It pops
It becomes
what it is supposed to be
It asserts itself
unlike me
I donít eat it
I look at it
I like to feel it
Warm snowflakes 
could be manna
from heaven
God heard me
sent me a sign
Thatís a thought
I should hold it
See what comes of it
When the popcornís cold
and Iíve grown old
will there be kernels
left not popped?

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November 2004
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Reviewed by lois christensen
Making assumptions that pop corn pertains to things in your life is great, You will never grow old in heart and spirit, Regis, and questions will be answered and not left not popped some day for all of us. I love this, of course, I love food too.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Interesting, Regis. I've never thought of popcorn like this. Thanks for sharing your perspective! Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Kathy Kopp
A different view of popcorn than my poem by the same name. Yet I like yours just as well. When we grow old, will life still be good? Will there be "manna from heaven" left for us? I like the simile of popcorn as "warm snowflakes," since snow is usually not warm, but icy cold. I like your use of rhyme interspersed but not overdone. I like your short lines and breathing pauses. Very good poem, Regis. There ought to be an anthology of "popcorn poems" in various allegories... You have a gift for fluid poetry. Thanks for reviewing my poem "Popcorn"... you gave me lots of ideas. Peace, from Kathy
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger
An introspective poem, that conveys the insecurities we all feel at times. Oh, the warmth of freshly popped popcorn, in your hands. What a comfort.

Reviewed by Amber P.
I love this poem. We are two souls who like to awaken the beauty in the mundane or ordinary. Small, unassuming the meanings that speak in volumes.
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon
LOL, I agree...I love popcorn!!! I admit however, I like the ones that are partly popped. I love the crunchy part of fries too. You hit the greatness of popcorn on the head. ;) Silver
Reviewed by Sandra Corona
Not if I'm around----I LOVE popcorn :)! It's not messy, you can eat it most anywhere, it's 'roughage', tasty, smells great and is fun.
Send me your cold popcorn and I'll reheat it. I hate seeing anything go to waste :)!
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet
No doubt there will be, Regis, so pop them in your mouth and taste of life...
Reviewed by M. B.
This amazes me. You take an ordinary topic and turn into extraordinary. That's flair.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader)
Wow. There is so much said here. So much more than the tale of the warm snoflakes. Doing what it's supposed to do. Wouldn't that be a wonderful world! So, will there be kernels in your popcorn? Mine unfortunately yes.
This is great Your mind is Wonderful! Magnificent!
Love Tracey xoox
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
I agree this is totally unique, you put so much between the lines
thanks for sharing

Reviewed by Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Reader)
Wow! As someone who thinks both the taste and smell of buttered popcorn is, in deed, manna, I can definitely empathize with the message of this poem. The wonder, the potential for regret of something left undone, or something chosen that in the end is unsatisfying. Thank you for sharing.

My best,

Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Reviewed by Amira van Kerk
Wow Regis. This is excellent.
Nevertheless, I'd suggest that you eat it!
Love your "old" photo in your bio.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
After reading your poem 'War and Peace' I thought I'd go hunting through your den for more of your special stuff. I thought that the poem 'popcorn' would be lighthearted and it piqued my curiosity to read. What a surprise. Even in writing about popcorn, you write with profundity and with a clear message.
Let me stop right here. I will give you an inflated ego if I do. ;-)
Take care
Reviewed by Rose L
Very philosophical take here my friend. Alas, I shall never look at my popcorn the same again! But, that's a GOOD thing! Now I simply have to ponder the unpopped kernels and the greater implications surrounding them. Thanks for "popping" my brain!

Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Clever~!! Original~!! Fun, yet thought-provoking!!
Thanks, Reg'
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
Now this is really unique and I like it very much Regis, amazing how the enlightened mind works and relates to things like popcorn!
Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire (Reader)
Oh the things we have left undone in life. But this is a fine poem you have written and the popcorn looks delicious.
Fine writing also.
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader)
Very unique poem, Regis. Good job!
Reviewed by Franz Kessler
What a nice metapher, Regis. I love the popcorn's butter smell, though it's probably a cocktail of chemicals. let's hope everything has popped. A longer pop-time helps to make the last ones pop, let's hope a Healthy old age awaits us. Franz
Reviewed by andrea coltman
Unique and thought provoking write Regis, definitely FOOD for thought(sorry couldn't resist!!!) wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
This one makes me think of the theatres. I'm mouth-watering already.

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by John Banasiewicz Jr
Excellent ending about will there be kernels left to pop,, probably so I say,,
now as for pop corn,, well i look at it but for sure will eat it and seems to me like Thomas said I can't wait to get to the ones not popped ,, maybe like life we trying to always find what is inside things we can fully see,,
enjoyed this alot
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
You know, Mana is a neat description of Popcorn, seeing as though it is one of those food groups when popped that really defys reason :)

Sure is moorish, you take a handful and you need more and more.
My kids make it in a funny little gadget machine, and then pile butter and salt on it......oh I gotta watch how much I tuck into!

Happy eating
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger
Regis, an excellent well-penned piece of popping poetry, with some very interesting thoughts for one to ponder over, while eating a bag of popcorn. I love Edís take on this remarkable piece. Probably has some truths remaining in the bottom of the bagÖ lol. I always chew on the ones that never quite fully popped. Well-done, my friend. Thanks for sharing it. Take care and be well.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Ah, Lovely and deep, I love to touch things, see places I have never been, and probably will never go...this was excellent.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
I think this goes deeper than skindeep Regis!!

I love popcorn!!

Love always Tinka
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader)
Popcorn is a peculiarly American thing I guess. I hate the stuff myself. But your talent is able to make beauty of such a thing. Well done Regis
Reviewed by Peter Paton
Popcorn is manna from Heaven...Reg....Lol
Nice and entertaining pen...
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine
There is much beauty in the simple things in life. You capture the heart of living -- along with its unanswered questions. R
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
A philosophical question, Regis! Are we all just kernals in the gods popcorn bags? Ed
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
What an absolutely unique and thought provoking write,
You do have 'the gift' all right.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
Delightful, Regis. Much enjoyed this keenly penned read!
Reviewed by Handsum Hart
I guess you just enjoy the kernels that did pop and don't worry about the ones that didn't.

Peace and sunshine
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen
WTG Regis, Popcorns a fave of mine and you've shed new light upon it
Reviewed by jude forese
great analogy ...

we must live life to the fullest and accept that the unpopped kernals of experience are there to reflect upon ...
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya matter on which subject you write you always write the best....superb write my n always make me think and thats the hallmark of the real poet...BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim
There seems to be a lot of depth to this piece, Regis. I like the superficial part about just enjoying the popcorn for what it is; Uncomplicated, a treat for the senses and soothing balm to get you through stressful times. I am never going to look at popcorn as a simple snack again, though I have to admit, I have always taken time to marvel at the uniqueness of each popped kernel. Excellent writing!
Take care,
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader)
Comparing the human existence to popcorn. Truly amazing, Regis! What a gifted mind to see things in such a distinct and deep way. Now you just go ahead and sink that hand right in! Thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang
How interesting Regis!
What a new discovery about popcorn too!
I shall never look at it in the same way
now!(grin) Very encouraging and inspirational
write! You go man!
Love ya!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
popcorn for inspiration - now how can any of claim writer's block? < <It pops It becomes what it is supposed to be>> keep poppin' the poetry! Dawn
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Regis this is deep! Wow! I get several layers of meaning here. One jumped out was you contemplating your progeny!will there be kernels left not popped;-)! just one my takes not that you meant that;-)
Reviewed by Janet Parker
Isn't it wonderful when everything you see is a poem? I go through stages like that. This is a fantastic and inventive write. I agree with Kate. This is very spiritual but some people wouldn't get it.
Reviewed by Ann Marquette
Regis, I love it...interesting...i never would have thought to do such and look at it that way. It barely starts out as fun then turns very thoughtful. Very deep...
Now I want to pop some popcorn just to look at it...
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain

I am in agreement with Andy - allegory most excellent ... indigenous to your poetic grandness!!

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
Great allagory here, Regis..
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
Only If You Grow Old GRACEFULLY!!Then No Pop-ped You Become as a Child!

Reviewed by Lynn Barry
just popped in to read your latest...unique and thought provoking...made me hungry...nice
Reviewed by Pier Tyler
The aroma, the taste, it's one of my fave snacks. It goes great with conversation, family and friends. I like the way you stated it here. I reason that the kernels are seeds of life. Like, that from each kernel is a lesson to grow on and from your experiences you touch each of us through your passion of words.

Pass the popcorn please,
Pier Marie

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
I never thought of popcorn as being manna from heaven but your description is tempting. Yes I have a few kernels left.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
You truly walk a spiritual plane, Regis! I just love this! Not many would find this kind of meaningful message in the humble carton of popped corn, but you make everything sacred by your worldview! Just my kind of "take" on life, too - even though popcorn per se is like bloating your stomach with polystyrene chips! And you capture just the way that I think God speaks! Methinks you are truly heaven's child...!! What do you make of a Diet Coke, then?! LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch
Nice little metaphor at the end and a teasing question. So I better get poppin' and do what I need to do. Good Friday kick in the caboose
Reviewed by George Carroll
Nothing is perfect in this world, there is always a few things that are left unpopped. Great write.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
You're absolutely right! Good point, good poem, Regis.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Lori Moore
Wonderful depthÖ Quite tasteful too.
Reviewed by Jane Rodway
MAybe it's because I have been sick and not on here in awhile, but I think this is one of your best ever and I like your comment on the poem and agree 100%- Great write!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
I donít eat it
I look at it
I like to feel it

You truly do have some interesting thoughts, Regis!
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Thinking hard on that mountain these days, huh? ;-) Highly provocative, Reg.
Reviewed by Gaye Dale (Reader)
Fantastic analogy, Regis - love it!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

i love the imagery and thought behind this delicious poem. :) thank you--a tasty treat, indeed

and that climax--WOW--profound!!!!!!!

well done, mon ami

(((HUGS))) et amor, karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
save me some popcorn, mon ami! you have made me hungry! LOL

wonderful write, c'est bon!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

paix et amour a toi!
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