1.9.2022 – betwixt sand and foam

betwixt sand and foam
tide erases wind blows away
sea and shore remain

Folly Beach – Hilton Head Island, Jan 9, 2022

Today’s haiku is adapted from Sand and Foam by Kahlil Gibran

I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain
Forever.

I think of two things with Sea Foam.

One is the chocolate candy that you get from Sweetland’s Candy Shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On the Sweetland’s Candies website, they state:

Our famous seafoam, sometimes referred to as sponge candy, carefully crafted in small batches and coated in our dark chocolate. Light, airy, and crunchy are just a few words used to describe this magical candy. ​

Somehow the spongy filling is a mixture of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin all whisked together when hot.

Once cooled and broken into pieces, it is coated with milk chocolate.

It isn’t in the stores down here on the coast like you would think which makes me think about an opportunity there.

On the other hand, if it was in stores, it wouldn’t be like it is from Sweetland’s.

You can take us out of West Michigan but you can’t the Sweetland’s out of us.

Same pretty much goes for fudge.

You can find it down here.

There is a fairly good candy store on River Street in Savannah.

I recommend their pralines.

Pecan Pralines.

Not sure if you can get these up north, but if you can, they are not these real Georgia Pralines.

But the fudge here, well, it isn’t Murdick’s is it?

If you grew up in West Michigan, you went to Mackinaw.

If you went to Mackinaw, you got fudge.

It is what you do.

I don’t know why, but that is what you did.

For my wife’s birthday, one of her good friend’s from Grand Rapids was kind enough to order a gift box of three 1/2 lb. slabs of fudge sent to her down here in the low country.

Why does taste bring back so much?

Murdick’s.

Like the pills in the Matrix, one taste and I am 10 years old again.

Nothing like it in the world.

A couple of slices of this fudge and my mind goes into a sugar high and contact with the known world is disconnected.

Were did all this start?

Sea foam!

I always think of the candy when I see the sea foam like I did today.

But I am also reminded of the painting known as the Primavera by Sandro Botticelli.

Primavera by Sandro Botticelli.

The Primavera depicts the birth of Venus or Goddess of Love in Roman Mythology.

In Greek mythology, Venus is known as Aphrodite.

According to Greek mythology, Uranus and Gaia had a son named Cronus.

Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his father’s testicles into the sea.

This caused the sea to foam and out of that white foam rose Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

Think of that next time you are at the beach or the Sweetland’s Candy counter.

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