Forget about raisins for a Gingerbread Boy

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When you lack a raisin...


The Gingerbread Boy lacked a raisin, you see,
and thus was not ready to bake.
Although he was not for the oven quite yet,
he looked like a fine hunk of cake.


The head was on top, both rounded and wide.
Two arms and two legs were there, too,
But the middle was missing a raisin stuck in
at the belt line. Oh, what to do?


Cook went to Chef, and Chef went berserk.
For one raisin we stop all our baking?
There never has been such a stoppage before
since the start of this whole undertaking.”


A helper was sent to the market right fast
to get a big raisin for using.
He spent a whole dollar for one piece of fruit.
(When you need fruit there's no time for choosing.)


Now, with raisin in hand, Cook got to work.
The raisin was stuck to the belt.
Into the oven went Gingerbread Boy.
It was hotter'n ever he'd felt.


The clock kept on ticking. At last he was done.
Gingerbread Boy was now tanned.
Cook mixed up icing to paint on his face.
“Make him handsome” is what they had planned.

Gingerbread Boy cooled off while at rest.
He was popped on a plate for the serving.
Onto the table, and kids gathered 'round,
with appetites huge and unnerving.


Off went a leg, and an arm followed soon.
Then the rest of him disappeared, too.
Finally all had been eaten, save only one thing -
left behind by that ravenous crew.


The raisin remained on the now empty plate,
a reminder to chefs and to cooks:
Forget about raisins for Gingerbread Boys.
A baked raisin's good only in books.


Enough raisins for a big bunch of Gingerbread Boys (image source: Pixabay.com)
Enough raisins for a big bunch of Gingerbread Boys (image source: Pixabay.com)

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faythef 3 years ago from USA

LOL..too cute...I for one was never fond of raisins in my cookies....and would surely leave it on the plate


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Faythe (faythef) - I hear you. Raisins get hard like little rocks if they are on top when the baking goes on. You know what I've learned in messing around with my recent hobby of learning about microwave baking? Raisins suck up microwaves like crazy so that, if you use too much power or leave stuff in the microwave oven too long, they burn up and turn into charcoal. :-)

Do me a favor now, Faythe. Don't ask me why I happened to think of a gingerbread boy. I don't have a clue.

Gus :-)))


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

Hmmm. let me think now the picture looks very familiar.....did you see it on my page?..thanks for the tip on raisins in the microwave..I won't be doing that...


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Oh how I love gingerbread men! I enjoyed this very much... I read the comments and now I am going to have to put some raisins in the microwave. I want to see this! :)


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a great poem. Fun and engaging! Thank you for sharing!


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snerfu 3 years ago from Madurai, India

My! It brings back memories , and of course I got to get some cookies right away. Good article.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hello again Fayethe (faythef) -

The photograph of the gingerbread cookies is on Wikipedia. I cropped their photo down a lot and flipped it to have the cookies leaning into the page instead of out of it. In answer to your question, I do not recall seeing the photo on one of your pages - but that does not mean I did not see it - only that I do not remember seeing it there. (I am not as sharp as I was some years back...)

Talk about charring raisins in the microwave - I was playing around with making some cupcake things in the microwave one time. Thought I'd make 'em really tasty by sticking a small marshmallow into the middle of each one. As they microwave-baked, the marshmallows expanded and all blew up through the tops of the cakes. Kinda like little volcano thingies. Funny stuff.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Dana (DanaTeresa) - First things first. Ignore that eMail sent to you earlier via HubPages. Just now picked up on the wording of one of your latest hubs. No need to beat on the horse I was chasing when I sent that eMail. Live and learn, right?

Seems like the whole world probably goes for gingerbread. I like the stuff as a cake and piled on with ice cream especially.

Have fun making little raisin bullets in the microwave - .45 caliber is an OK size, too.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Randi - (btrbell) -

I'm glad you enjoyed this little poem. It was fun to play with and thinking about the gingerbread made me hungry. Wish I had some to chomp on right now. :-)

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Vivian (snerfu) - Stirred up some memories. Gotta get some cookies. Those things sound all too familiar here. :-)

Gus :-)))


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Oh that poor neglected raisin. Would have tasted great before the microwave. Enjoyed this adventure.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

"WND" (wetnosedogs) - Not only neglected, but out of dough as well. Such is the fate of the Gingerbread Boy "what got ate..." :-)

Have fun today - and thanks for following my long-term habit of being of kind feelings to all of the neglected raisins of this world.

Gus :-)))


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

OUTSTANDING !!!! You are a wonderful writer, knowing how to tell a story and a fantastic poet able to display a fabulous sense of humor.

I admire your wide range of writing skills and am happy to be following.

P.S. - Now my stomach is grumbling. I'm off for some cookies and milk.

Voting up and sharing


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

"SIE" (shiningirisheyes) - I had to push back away from the desk, so puffed-up with unjustified pride I had suddenly become. I wish that my bride and our kids adhered to your way of thinking. :-)

As to a "sense of humor" - the truth is that our world is a funny place if only you and I could overlook most of the bad stuff that happens around us.

AND, as to poem-writing, I learned long ago that the words a person writes do not have to make all that much sense provided only that they rhyme. (It is a secret that you and I can share, right?)

Gus :-)))


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SkeetyD 3 years ago from Barbados

I am loving the symbolism of the raisin. It reflects what happens so often in life. Making a big deal about one minute thing and then it donesn't even come in handy or is not used in the end. Sigh! What are we to do? Eat the gingerbread boy!


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Gus - no worries about the comment on my hub :)

I make a gingerbread house evey Christmas. So much fun - especially when you munch on the building materials!!

When I do make those raisin bullets, I promise they will not be loaded into an assault rifle - that could do quite a number on the Pilsbury Dough Boy! (not funny? sure it is. go ahead and and chuckle)

:)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Skeety (SkeetyD) - Symbolism. That was the word for which I had been searching. You hit that nail smack-wham right on its little round head. It often amazes me that readers typically know more about what the writer wrote than did the writer. Honesty dictates that I tell you these things, for, unusually to happen on a Thursday morning like today, what you said here is just plain correct.

Take fond care of the little one, Skeety. Feed the kid lots of cookies. Skip the raisins.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Dana (DanaTeresa ) - I can hear Momma saying it right this minute - "Kids - don't drop shingles all over the floor when you bite on that roof..." :-)

.38 caliber raisins are a lot safer than the more deadly .45 caliber variety. Not only that, they are proportionately less costly, too. Suggest that you buy them in the 2-dozen size packages.

Gus :-)))


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Lawdy, is there no LIMIT to your creative brain! Good job!


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

ko'wl and fun poem! :) I don't like baked raisins..... But love your poem! Voting up and awesome!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hello Maren (Maren Morgan M-T) - In answer to your question: There is a limit to that circumscribed brain I carry around. It acts much like did Hadrian's Wall over there by Scotland. Keeps the good stuff out and allows the junk to settle in quite nicely. :-)

Thanks for the read and for the very welcome praise as to "the job." Yes. That it can be from time to time, right?

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

LaThing - Few have stumped me as handily as have you. I did a Google on "ko'wI" and came up with so many pages of info that I remained in my normally confused state. I found videos, New Zealand, tons of German stuff, TV station call letters... page after page of the stuff. What in the ever-loving world does ko'wI mean as you used it in your comment? I am now counting on you to be forgiving of me in my obvious ignorance.

Raisins are good in hot oatmeal, for they swell up and come about more edible than those little rascals tend to be when you dump them from their packages - wrinkly like dwarf prunes those things.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

ROFL..... Well, I like to play with words sometimes, and try to confuse the heck out of 'some' people :)) It's another way of saying 'Cool', which you are, and so is your poem! Enjoyed it very much, take care, buddy!

And, yeah, I didn't mean the radio station, nor someone's last name.....


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

looks like gingy has got his little ole self in some hot water..oh I mean cocoa.. His raisen is not showing..its shriveled though...


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks LaThing - I had mistaken that HubPages "l" for an "I." When I type here the font is that old times-roman deal, but HubPages prints stuff on the screen sans-serif. So you wrote "ko'wl" (so to speak) and I read it as "ko'wI." Brought a smile to me here just now...

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Faythe (faythef) - Yeah. GB's my boy ! And that pi-Zap site is a good deal from what I have seen of it. Worth putting onto your favorites list.

Gus :-)))


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Adorable poem Gus--what a great picture~


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Audrey (akirchner) -

Glad you liked the poem. I picked up the picture from a photo-sharing website, cropped it down to smaller size and edited in the caption. When I saw that pic I knew it fit the scene OK. Good to hear from a dog-loving transcriber once again...

Gus :-)))


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flashmakeit 3 years ago from usa

I really enjoyed that fun to read poem.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi flashmakeit - I am glad you enjoyed little Gingerbread Boy and his leftover raisin. Fun to put that one through the keyboard here.

Paid a visit to NewGrounds. Big website with lots of stuff. Didn't join up because I likely would not return soon enough - don't want to clog the roster. Since you are into cartoons and comics, etc., NG should be right up your alley. Nice.

Gus :-)))


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Ha--I thought you did that--it is so dang cute--I need to work on adding captions...imagine what my dogs might say~


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Audrey (akirchner) - I can predict what the pups would offer - "Bark, bark" - and maybe even more. Dogs. you know, are very litterate. They have more, often as many as a dozen at a time. :-) (Betcha you never thought of THAT one, did you?)

Yes. This particular Gingerbread Boy appeared in a photo that could not be resisted. There he was in a cocoa swimming hole, just waiting for me to show up and interview him. So - let me share what I learned with you, Audrey:

You can put your own photos up onto "Fanpop.com" and use their editor to play with them - captions and all. As I recollect, there are 4 different "speech" holders you can make use of, and they all can be jockeyed around to fit your photos. Have fun.

Gus :-)))


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Ha ha - great work. Awesome as always!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy acaetnna - Aw shucks. You just like gingerbread cookies, don't you? :-)

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

That was a good one Gus! I really enjoyed reading it. When I was a kid I hated raisins too.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Entertaining and fun, Gus, not to mention cute!! Lighthearted poems like this one are refreshing and very much welcomed! Just forget about the raisin . . . hee! Kathi :O)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Patrick (Paddyboy) -

Glad you enjoyed this little contribution to the world's store of great literature. Move over Brother Shakespeare. You, too, Milton. Frost, you don't stand a chance any longer. :-)

They tell me that a genuine hate for raisins signals a future life of debauchery and slovenly drunkeness. Now, Patrick, you know that I don't believe those things of you. (or do you?)

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Kathi (Fossillady) -

I am reminded of something I read one time back in 1853 - that was, to never entertain the idea that anyone named Gus writes refreshingly unless he is putting a pen to Vichy water, gin, and two ice cubes. Now, THERE you see refreshment - and before the gin does its thing, there is also a modicum of excitement. (Depends on who is hanging around.)

In the good book it is declared that man, nature, and the spirits have better things to do with grapes than to shrivel the doggone things to wrinkled up dryness. In fact, man was given to invent Pepsi because of raisins. He could do so little with those raisin things that he simply had to come up with Pepsi.

Anyway, reading that stuff back in those literary days, said all that I needed to know about raisins. This poem was the natural result of that. As you can see, sometimes nature takes its own time - 1853 until now. (Time to gulp some more of my Geritol.)

Gus :-)))


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well, you certainly are well read, whether you're name is Gus or Harry! At any rate, you make me laugh! Easy with the Geritol! lol


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Don't worry Gus, I love the little fruits now. :)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Kathy (Fossillady) -

You know the saying. ("Read 'em and weep.") Well, that Gingerbread Boy wanted to leave 'em laughing. The little idiot thought a soak in a hot cocoa bath would do it for him. Nothing like a wet raisin to start the chuckles, right?

And... bye the bye... Kids would grow up more polite and better behaved if mothers would slip Geritol into their bottles right off the bat. :-)

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Patrick (Paddyboy) - That's all right. There was no attempt made here to convert you into such obscenity. Not only that, but the things are all wrinkled, kinda like you and me.

Gus :-)))


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Gravity has not been good to me Gus.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Patrick (Paddyboy) - The word is that "gravity" is very grave. A piece of friendly advice, Good Buddy - If you sit on it, keeping it out of sight, no one but you will know about it.

Gus :-)))


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Cute poem, and so true that most children do not like raisins in their food. Also true that some people obsess about following a recipe to the letter.

I still don't like cooked raisins in anything and I always have to mess with recipes to make them to suit me even the first time I make them.

Voting you up and will share this with my followers!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Au fait - I admire your pen name,"by the way"...

Yes indeed, those wrinkly junior prunelike things will never endear themselves to those of us who go for watermelons and barbecued beef brisket - no siree. I suppose, too, it was some of that Redneck mean streak showing here that caused me to tease persnickety cooks who obsess over dotting I's and crossing all the T's in their recipes, Makes me smile to think about that sort of thing. They'd faint dead away were they to watch me mess around in the kitchen here. When the book says "tablespoon" I grab up the nearest soup spoon - close enough for government work, right? :-)

Thanks lots of quarts and gallons and pounds, etc., for the kindly votes and sharing. Much appreciated.

Gus :-)))

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