Looking at Anarchy

Boils over
The mob chants death threats
Marches to government’s seat
Attacks, plunders, and destroys
That which we hold dear

Turns chaos
Anarchy the rule
Might makes right the tyrant says
Sedition turns to treason
Democracy burns

This is the eleventh prompt – Write a Joseph’s Star poem or write an acrostic decima with the words: super, technicolor, coat, stars. I decided to write the Joseph’s Star, a poetry form created by Christina Jussaume in memory of her father. The poem has stanzas of 7 lines (no limit to the number of stanzas) with no rhyme, and no topic restrictions. Each stanza has a strict syllable count of 1/3/5/7/7/5/1, center aligned, and each stanza should be a complete statement.

I was cleaning up my files and realized I’d downloaded video from most of the Jan. 6 Hearings. In anticipation of the last (perhaps) televised session, I did something very foolish. I sat there for 9 hours and watched the videos. I’m not sure that was good for my mental well-being. The Jan. 6th Commission presented their findings and I don’t see in the public a willingness to change opinions. If anything, those who felt the need to try to overthrow our democracy are more entrenched in their beliefs. I don’t know what this means for the future. But I’ve seen the way some countries react to a change in administrations (violent riots, attempted coups, assassinations) and I’m afraid for our democracy. I’m afraid for the world. I’m afraid.

It is also near the end of September and I realized I hadn’t posted my recipe for this month. Well, I decided to make another decadent dessert but one that Sparky would (hopefully) like better. I went with Black Forest Cake:
3 eggs
1 can cherry pie filling
1 box chocolate cake mix

Mix all ingredients together (please for the love of cherries DO NOT use an electric mixer – just use a mixing spoon).
Grease and flour a 9″x13″ baking pan. Pour the cake mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 60 min. at 350F. It is done when the center springs back with slight pressure.

Allow to cool and then sprinkle the top with powdered sugar. There is no need to apply frosting to this cake but I suppose if you are intent on doing so either a chocolate or cherry frosting would be best. Sparky really liked it as did his mother and his Aunt Pat (who was visiting). They liked it so much that both my MIL and her sister asked for the recipe!!


40 thoughts on “Looking at Anarchy

  1. good idea to simplify the black forest gateau they do round here while increasing the nr of cherries in it! Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte is something else altogether, but I have a feeling I might even prefer your version. – As for the violence and all: I am sorry you had to watch those 9 hrs…


    1. I agree the Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte is an altogether different dessert. Since I’m not a fan of icing it doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest! More cherries is never a bad thing!! As for the torment I put myself through, it was my own doing and I have no one else to blame…

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  2. This country and the world are in a sad state. I don’t see there’s much we can do here unless they get rid of the electoral college–the minority will keep ruling the day, and we are stuck with this Supreme Cort for the rest of my lifetime anyway. I just don’t understand, at all, their thinking. Like all Putin’s “friends” that are suddenly dying in droves, they will realize too late the price they have paid for their “power”. (K)


    1. * Sigh* I agree with your assessment! I’m not so sure it is Putin’s friends that are dying but more anyone he sees as a rival, traitor to his ego, or just people he doesn’t like… of course many were friends. I wonder how many more have to “accidentally” fall before it all ends?

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  3. I would have been wrecked looking at all those hours of hearing. Too angry, too depressing… It’s tough. I want to keep updated on what’s going on south of my border but most days it gets too much. The cake looks like a perfect antidote to watching those hearings.


  4. I will have to try that recipe one of these days. You know me – I’m going to put icing on it! Probably a few cherries, too. I had the hearings playing on TV in real time, but mostly in the background as I was doing other things. It made it easier, and I could tune in when something particularly interesting caught my attention, then tune back out as I returned to my task.

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    1. Yeah. I watched the first one then downloaded the others to watch at my leisure – in bits and pieces to avoid poisoning. I’d counsel against icing and just use the powdered sugar and a cherry cordial on top….


  5. The Second Coming Launch Audio in a New Window
    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


    1. I see you did try this poetic form! The cake is so very easy and a real crowd pleaser! It is perfect for bigger crowds to feed. (I think next time I’ll split it into 2 smaller pans so I can give one away and keep one for home.)


  6. “Black forest is a pastry known in France with the name of ” forêt noire ” , of course ! 🙂
    This is tasty and I am not surprised Sparky and all the family loved it
    You are multitalented, Val
    Love ❤


  7. Black Forest cake and German Chocolate are my favourites. Mom made them both from scratch-even grating her own baker’s chocolate. Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker didn’t get their feet in the door until after my youngest brother came along.


    1. I learned to bake from scratch in Home Economics class. Sadly in the end there wasn’t much difference in taste or texture… I always thought I would be able to tell which was which but I couldn’t. So I’m a big fan of cake mixes. The Black forest cake and the German chocolate cakes are both big favorites in Sparky’s family. I can count on at least one German chocolate cake making an appearance at any birthday celebration!!

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  8. What I remember from home ec class is that if you are splitting a recipe that calls for one egg, you beat the egg, put one tsp in the recipe and one tsp down the drain, repeat till egg is all in either the recipe or the drain! Great economics!!!
    Another good cake recipe — Ingredients: 1 box Angel Food Cake, 1 can crushed pineapple with juice. Mix ingredients and put into 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 30+ minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and enjoy!


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