I heard a funny story  of

Kids playing an Easter game.

They dress up their Peeps candies

And melt them in the microwave.


Timing to see which becomes unrecognizable first,

they videotape it and give subtitles

while their Peep’s candy faces –

efface from the inside out.


You know that’s how a microwave cooks

by boiling a tissue’s inner water.

By the time it warms to touch,

it’s proteins are coagulated- from the middle spanning outwards.

[Does this form new protein globs when they congeal and melt? Is this even to a body, recognizable as food? Hmm, an idea for a study perhaps-meanwhile I’ll stop using it).


Microwave doesn’t care-

it does the ‘dirty’ work-

as programmed by ‘god’-

hu(e)-man who pushes the (right) buttons.


Like Angry Orange claymations,

with their lively sound effects,

but in Bo- Peep pastels.

The Peeps go down, flat upon the plate.


As their masked beings slowly crumple,

features pool,

props topple.

Bodies melt like water on the Wicked Witch.


I wonder if the Peeps ‘don’t like’ it at all,

(but then I might be projecting.)

Good thing they’re not sentient

simply a man’s idea for fun Easter – besides chocolate eggs.


Nonetheless, the story made me laugh out loud –

I almost wet my pants;

I thought it hilarious-

Compared to the de—mented stuff

my ex- might do or did,

this is innocuous.


(As a kid he thought it was funny using (insert slug or bug’s name here)

To watch as he zapped them

It was funny to ‘make them dead[1]‘-

as if they were a cartoon.)


I’ll  have to tell him about the Peeps instead!

It’s not a bad ‘job’ for them (the Peeps) to do at all –

Call it repurposing.


Even though Peeps as candy are fun and squishy

The taste is flat and sickly sweet (at least to me),

Call it my fault – I can’t but taste an underlying bitterness-

probably the potassium sorbate.


Perhaps for a candy,

I’d prefer organic marshmallow

dyed with saffron

for a more edible substitute.


But if your bored, why not dress up a Peep

And see how long it lasts –

before it melts

in a microwave race?


[1] Apparently insects are a great protein source- or so some nutritionist’s say (I suspect they are quite correct- we can digest them in fact; I’d bet grubs might be a specialty someday). He, my ex- shouldn’t stop there, but find a way to further prepare them. (If you have a destructive behavior, why not roll with it- become a food scientist?!).

By Dr. Jen Wyman-Clemons, MD

Dr. Wyman-Clemons treats the body, mind, emotions as well as spiritual wellness using tools described by established teachers and authors and her own experiences as she experiences an ongoing sense of (loving) energetic intrusion (possession) since 2019. She has ~thirty years of clinical experience as an allergy and internal medicine physician (ABAI, ABIM) has completed requirements to practice as a yoga teacher, USUI Reiki Master, and astrologer.

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