Totally stepping out of my comfort zone and attempting a structured poetical form. For this week’s mlmm’s Saturday Mix, Sarah pulled an epulaeryu poem out of her hat – actually her “mystery bag.”

She writes:

The Epulaeryu poem is all about delicious food. It consists of seven lines with thirty-three (33) syllables. The first line has seven (7) syllables, the second line five (5), the third line seven (7), the fourth line five (5), the fifth line five (5), the sixth line three (3), and the seventh line has only one (1) syllable which ends with an exclamation mark. The form is 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Each line has one thought which is about the main course.

Therefore, this poetic form, the Epulaeryu, which has corresponding lines built around the main course and ending with an exclamation point, concludes with the ending line expressing the writer’s excitement and feelings about the poem. The poem may be rhymed or unrhymed. The Epulaeryu poem was developed by Joseph Spence, Sr. The name of the poetic form was selected as a result of experiencing the Mediterranean and Far East cultures, and enjoying many succulent and nourishing meals and food during those memorable travels.

a frilly fruedian slip caesar

head of romaine slicked thinly

aged parmesan cheese

garlicky creamy dressing

whole grainy croutons

diced hard boiled eggs

scallions

Love!

Although caesar salad is not technically Mediterranean, it does have Italian roots. My version isn’t traditional nor standardized. If the epulaeryu form allowed for additional lines, I would mention other ingredients: pumpkin and sunflower seeds; very aged cheddar cheese; cheese “crisp” instead of croutons; slices of grilled chicken or left-over rare steak; real crumbled bacon. My dressing is home-made and can be a wide variation on the theme; even used to make my own croutons!

Oh, and the final line is a reflection on the food, not my “excitement and feelings about the poem,” lol. Last minute thought: I should have done a recipe for a [lucky] cream cheese [dip]

feature image: Jose Nicdao from San Jose, United States (found on WikiCommons)

a serving of mlmm’s Saturday Mix, lucky dip