Starlight Mints

No. 10

Peppermint candy,

Lovely Taste,

Delicious beauty,

A peripatetic dancer,





and around and around

and Tickling my senses,

Forcing lust,

Casting blue-green shadows


Mighty images.


l – o – v – e

Peppermint candy,

But i keep it a


This was the tenth poem in an anthology I wrote in 1970, and it was the first poem I had published–in a small literary magazine for High School Students–in 1971.  At the time, I just liked the imagery a lot.  My dad really loved starlight mints, so they were always around me.  I didn’t care much for them at the time.  I eat them sometimes now, because they remind me of Dad.

Here is another short poem from that series, and it was also published.  It is interesting that these were the only two whimsical poems in the collection, and they were also the only two published.


Spiro Agnew?
          a candy bar?
A candy bar is:

Peanut Butter,
a nougate, don’t you see? 

And full of nuts.


Spiro Agnew –
A candy bar

(C) Tom Bolton 1971

Spiro Agnew was the only non-number-named piece in the anthology. I lost that collection in 1982, and recently found about 50 pages of the journal. I may put more of them on this blog, if there is interest. This collection tends to be more global, and political, and less spiritual. But my poetry roots go back to this time in my life.


About Tom Bolton

I'm a Husband and Dad, an Enterprise Systems Manager at the City of Milwaukee, and a Disciple and Lay Servant at First United Methodist of West Allis. I love working beside young people. As I study the Bible, sometimes I feel moved to work through my understanding by writing poetry. I also am going through a process to discern my calling, and to learn more about Christian Leadership. Sometimes I just feel like writing about something that grabs my attention too.
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One Response to Starlight Mints

  1. Tom Bolton says:

    Reblogged this on Hopeful and commented:

    I am re-blogging my four posts that got the most views in 2014. I’m not sure these are my best blogs, but they have the most attractive key words, I think. The number 3 post for 2014 is my oldest poem that has been captured in my blog. I wrote Starlight Mints in 1970 and included it in my Hopeful blog in March 2012. Here it is again.

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