Looking for Healing

This is my entry for the NPM Flex Scavenger Hunt using the 12th prompt – Write a Waltmarie poem or write about healing. The Waltmarie is a 10 line poem where the even numbered lines are 2 syllables
and the odd numbered lines have no restriction on syllables. There is no requirement for rhyme but the even numbered lines when read sequentially form their own mini-poem.

In medicine disease is a condition
True health
Is conferred by power of salvation
Of self
Blocking havoc and disorder
Through sleep
Illness traps grace at the dream border
My wealth
The gift of honest confession
I keep

Well, this month has been a very busy one what with NPM (writing all this poetry) and Easter and all that entails. I have been zealously guarding my sleep time. When I don’t get my rest I feel out of sorts all day. Although I fall asleep easily, lately I’ve been waking up often. My Fitbit confirms that my sleep quality has been suffering. I think I’ve figured out the issue, I’ve been worrying about things that I have no control over. This worry has now been shrugged off and placed at God’s feet. Relieved of this burden, my slumber has improved in quality and I feel renewed and refreshed. And so it goes – I forget that my physical health is intimately tied to my spiritual health. Once that is restored, the headaches, tension, and uneasiness evaporate.

I also had the opportunity to try out a new recipe for Beer Roasted Chicken. We had this lone can of beer in the fridge since Super Bowl Sunday. Since I’m not a beer drinker and Sparky prefers other brands, I decided to make use of it. The recipe is thus:
1 whole chicken
1 can beer
salt and pepper

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Rub skin with salt and pepper. Open can of beer and place chicken over the can being sure to insert it into the body cavity far enough to stabilize the chicken. Place chicken in baking dish with high sides to stabilize the bird. Cover with foil. Bake at 350F for 3 – 3.5 hours. Remove foil and brown for another 10 minutes.
The only tricky part was getting the beer can out. Luckily that wasn’t too difficult with 3 people helping (granted one was taking the photos for me). The meat was tender and moist and the best part was that it didn’t taste like beer!

62 thoughts on “Looking for Healing

    1. I was surprised at just how moist and tender the chicken turned out. The chicken was a monster bird and so big it was almost the size of a small turkey! I was sure it was going to be tough but the beer method worked like a charm!! It is now a go to when we have any leftover beer!

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  1. Your Waltmarie is impressive, Muri. Of course I noticed the rhyme scheme, Eking a rhyme out of two syllables is not easy! This reminded me of a Lai, 9 lines with a rhyme scheme of aab aab aab, where the a lines have 5 syllables and the b lines have 2. Sleep is indeed precious, and essential to good health. When a racing mind wakes me, I get up and jot down whatever it’s telling me, assuring myself that I won’t forget and I’ll handle it in the morning. The past couple months, a painful shoulder has kept me from sleeping well. I’m hoping PT will help. Using that leftover beer to make chicken was genius. Alcohol cooks out and leaves just a residue of flavor. I make a chocolate torte with bourbon and you can barely tell it’s in there, but it doesn’t taste right if I just leave it out. My sister got me a new spice for my rack, something called Za’atar. Have you heard of it or know of any recipes that call for it?

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    1. Many thanks for the glowing compliment!! The poem does not require rhyme but I just couldn’t help myself! Your torte sounds delicious though I don’t have any bourbon in the house… I do hope PT helps with the shoulder. The last time I had shoulder issues it was cortisone injection followed by lots of cold to bring down inflammation… it helped. My doctor told me I needed to avoid carrying heavy things with that arm. Now Sparky has to do all the hefting of laundry baskets and groceries. (hehe. Not sorry at all) As for your new spice – I have some but I only use it to perk up those nasty biscuits in the tube. Sprinkling a little on top makes them “special” and everyone seems to like them better that way. We had a little “feast” once where I made hummus, falafel, and had pita bread and assorted fruits and veggies. Sparky heated some olive oil with some in it to use to dip the pita. He really liked it and we poured the leftover on the hummus which was good too. I prefer Shawarma though. I use that on chicken as a rub and will mix it with plain yogurt to marinate and coat the chicken before breading it and them baking… I guess you could use the Za’atar the same way but I’ve never tried it. Maybe I’ll have to!

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  2. Sleep issues always revolved around back and leg issues. Therefore I can be up to recliner any where from midnight to 3 a.m. So dozing off throughout the day when I park on the heating pad or ice pack. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish I understood poetry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I baked a chicken like this once! It was amazingly moist and juicy!!

    Sleepโ€”I have sleep disorderโ€”(apnea). My brain thinks it doesnโ€™t need to breathe. ack! Iโ€™m glad you were able to unload your burden! โค๏ธ

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    1. Thanks Ruth – I’m sleeping better. It helps when I can recognize an issue and set it aside. Sorry to hear you have apnea. That is a real bummer (I have a friend who has to wear the CPAP and it helps but her sleep is often interrupted by the machine)… That was the best baked chicken I’d ever made!

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      1. Had my machine since 5/2000… I feel it has saved my life. I also have some allergy issues so I got a room air filtering machine and voila… white noise makes sleep even easier. Don’t give up on the machine. I know all about the bad habits we encounter before bed time. Some are uncontrollable such as bad news late in the evening. Good luck with all sleep issues. Statistics show…..https://www.sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/sleep-facts-statistics

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        1. So good to see you back on WP Joe! I don’t need a CPAP but several of my friends do. I think they are a Godsend for most as you attest – a real life saver! Now that I’ve identified my origin of stress I’m sleeping easy again!

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  4. Whether I sleep well or not, I’m still exhausted all the time. But I really dislike it when I lie awake obsessing over something I can do nothing about. You capture that feeling well.

    My daughter made beer can duck for some occasion last year…my memory of which one is vague–but it was delicious! (K)

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    1. Ah. The universal condition of the over active mind – I think it affects women more than men… I’m glad and dismayed that you can relate. I’ve never considered a duck! Brilliant! I’m going to pass this one on to my friend aka Mr. Fudd. He has a couple ducks that are going to make their way to the table this fall and he was trying to figure out a way to cook them!

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        1. Thanks Martha – it has been a very busy year so far… I’m heading out to Utah in a couple weeks to hike and geocache 5 National Parks. I hope I survive (I’m not as young as I used to be!)

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    1. If it is too hot Sparky can’t sleep… nothing worse than waking up drenched in sweat! Winter at least you can keep piling on the covers. The beer chicken was really good! So moist and tender – the alcohol tenderized the chicken and the liquid also kept the meat moist. And the best thing was it DIDN’T taste like beer (since I don’t care for a beer flavor at all)!

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  5. since I know nothing about family style cooking, I pass on that part; however, you bit about the prayer came very timely for me as I had been struggling with anger and bp issues due to something I don’t seem to be able to control – now I have turned it over to a Stossgebet, borrowed from RC liturgy – Christus erbarme dich. It does help my mindset straight away; bp still too high for comfort. Thanks for writing, Muri.

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      1. thanks Muri. I know. I have been hovering on the verge to going to local urgent care outpatients’ – but I know they’ll only make me worse in their dehumanising way and so far my inner voice says not yet. Friday I have an appointment with a herbalist, and I have made an enquiry with a homeopathic doc, but for now I am experimenting with homeopathy and my herbal remedies I have got a stock of. I am also taking the low dose aspirin which will hopefully help to keep my arteries clear. Cholesterol ratio is fine. I used to be able to reduce my bp with 5′ self hypnosis but not this time. I fear I let it slip… The remedies I read about all say you can expect improvement after 4 wks. So I expect to live and tell the tale. Thanks for asking. I keep working…

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    1. Thanks tons Mich! The poem was fun to write (the Waltmarie is versatile). As for the chicken – if it hadn’t been such a huge bird I probably wouldn’t have considered it. But the end result has made me a believer!!

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  6. Our physical well-being is completely dependent on our spiritual well-being, so handing over worries is super smart Val! Kudos ๐Ÿ™‚

    love your poem and thank heavens that poor chook was dead before you tortured it!

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        1. You are not alone! We have several vegetarians and one vegan in the family. I does make for sometimes awkward meals but we try to make everyone comfortable. (For Mother’s Day the menu is spaghetti with marinara sauce and garlic bread -no butter.) At least the dessert table is always a hit!

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    1. I don’t have too much beer around and that can had been lingering – not a brand that Sparky would drink anyway. And yes the alcohol was all gone! Since I rarely have any cans of beer it won’t be a routine thing. That said I now know that the lingering lone can after a party (not that we party like that) can be put to good use!

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