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For the Love of Cheese! ~ a Poem

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

Cheese: Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

Cheese: Image by Annalise Batista from Pixabay

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

— G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

A World Without Cheese - No Way!

After recently reading a tongue-in-cheek poem titled "World Without Cheese" by Clive Williams I was inspired to write this. It made me sit and think just what a world without cheese would be like and how it would affect my life.

The current coronavirus is quite concerning for the whole world, especially the acute lack of toilet paper that has resulted de to panic buying. However, a lack of cheese in the world is an even more terrifying scenario that I am sure many cheese-loving people can relate to. This poem explains just how much I for one would miss it, and to prove G.K. Chesterton wrong haha.

Wine and Cheese: Image by Oldiefan from Pixabay

Wine and Cheese: Image by Oldiefan from Pixabay

For the Love of Cheese

Listen please! I love cheese!

It’s yummy for breakfast melted on toast.

I like other foods too

But I love cheese the most.


I like cheese for lunch

And for dinner and snacks.

Without lots of cheese added

All other food lacks.


There’s so many cheeses

From all around the Globe,

Like Cambozola and Gruyere,

Schnebelhorn, Tomme de Savioe.


There’s popular cheeses

Like Gouda and Cheddar,

Swiss Cheese and Feta,

Parmesan, Mozzarella.


Some cheese has weird names

Such as Tipsy Goat,

Ewe Calf to be Kidding,

And Laughing Cow Swiss.


But I like them all,

There’s not one I won’t try.

I’ll eat cheese on ice-cream

And on apple pie.


The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.

— Spencer Johnson


Cheese is better than candy,

Much healthier too.

I’ll grate it on pasta

And salads and stew.


Mozzarella on pizza

Is simply perfection.

There are so many cheeses

That warrant selection.


Waiters in restaurants

Give me the eye.

When I ask for “more cheese,”

They just want to cry.


It's a good source of calcium,

And is better than milk.

Some cheese has a texture

That's smoother than silk.


We say "cheese," for photos

For the thought makes us smile.

Why not "Brussel sprouts?"

Think on that a while.


They say that the Moon

Is made of green cheese,

So book me a seat

On the next rocket, please!

My whole family is lactose intolerant and when we take pictures we can't say cheese.

— Jay London

A Paris Cheese Shoppe: Image by Gerhard Bögner from Pixabay

A Paris Cheese Shoppe: Image by Gerhard Bögner from Pixabay

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 06, 2020:

Hello Lawrence, well I pride myself in trying just about anything once so I suppose I would give it a go. That doesn't mean I would like it lol.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 06, 2020:

John

I'm a cheese lover too! The stronger the better, no Edam or Gouda!

But heres a question for you, would you try one called 'Stinking Bishop'?

It's from the West Country in England and is reputed to be the smelliest cheese in the world.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2020:

Haha Chris, I agree to take the blame then. I can't wait to read it. Cheese...I mean cheers.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on April 30, 2020:

My next post is your fault. You've inspired a poem about food. It may not be good, but it will break up the monotony and boredom of the "shut down".

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2020:

Thank you Alyssa who doesn’t love cheese right? Thank you for reading.

Alyssa from Ohio on April 27, 2020:

Fantastic ode to cheese! Your poem is so fun and creative!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 15, 2020:

Nope, the cat is not orange it is black and white. A most unusual cat to name Cheese but that is the name he's stuck with since his Dad found him on the street at six months old.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 13, 2020:

Thank you Nithya. Enjoy your cheese.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 13, 2020:

Haha Devika. Yes very cheeses. Glad you enjoyed.

Devika Primic on April 13, 2020:

I like this poem it is cheesy and just what I need

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 13, 2020:

I love cheese and this poem is a treat to read. Now I am off to get some cheese from the fridge!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2020:

That is a nice way to use cheese too Jo. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 12, 2020:

I like to add a little shredded cheese to our scrambled eggs some mornings.

Li-Jen Hew on April 12, 2020:

Haha anything you fancy or what is universally loved like bread.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2020:

Haha so it seems...chocolate, now cheese. What food do you suggest next Li-Jen?

Li-Jen Hew on April 12, 2020:

Hi Jodah, you're good at making poems about food. Thinking of writing a new one?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2020:

My pleasure, Genna. Thank you for appreciating cheese..and my poem.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 12, 2020:

As a lover of cheese and poetry, this was a unique delight for the senses in so many ways. Thank you, John. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 11, 2020:

It sounds like you are a true food lover MsDora. Thank you for reading and enjoying this poem. Here’s to cheese!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 11, 2020:

I've always said that cheese is the one food of which I will never get tired. I love cheese and I want to applaud each verse. Other than making me want to get up and find cheese, this poem is great. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 11, 2020:

I am glad you are another cheese lover, Peggy. Cheese is one of the necessities of life.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 11, 2020:

What a coincidence Rasma..a cat named Cheese. Is it a yellow/ginger one? Glad you enjoyed this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 11, 2020:

Haha Eric, I can’t come at the artificial orange cheese that won’t even melt with a blow torch and ants won’t even touch if it’s left on the ground. Thanks for reading.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

I loved your poem, and I agree that living a life without having the enjoyment of cheese would be dire. Ha!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 11, 2020:

I love your poem it is delightful and I love cheese. in fact, I am babysitting a cat that is named Cheese kid you not.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 11, 2020:

I never met a cheese I did not like. I wish they would not put the die in some like a bright orange cheese? I never drank orange milk -- well maybe that time in Bogata ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Hi Li-Jen, thanks for your comment. I tried to include everything I could think of. Yes the video is quite funny.

Li-Jen Hew on April 10, 2020:

Hi Jodah, I like cheese too! I like that you mentioned the funny names and the cheese we say on camera. Cheese is better than candy, I agree on that. And funny parody video. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Thanks Greg. if anyone can pull off being cheesy it's me. Cheers.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on April 10, 2020:

John: it’s not easy being cheesy but as you’ve now proven...it is possible. Well done! Thanks for crafting this and putting it out there.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Clive, I live cheesiness. Same to you my friend.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 10, 2020:

Nice work John...Continue the cheeseyness.....

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

You humble me Stephen. Thank you for reading and for your generous comment.

Stephen A Brown on April 10, 2020:

Great work. You have such an incredible talent.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 10, 2020:

McDonald's puts it on their cheeseburgers, Fish Filets, Egg McMuffin, Big Macs, and other burgers. It's not the special sauce on the Big Mac but the actual slice of cheese. I'm pretty sure that what they use isn't real cheese but instead "cheese food" or "cheese product" instead.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Donna, I love that you loved this poem and your great little example of the drunken goat cheese going out with the baby Swiss lol. Blessings to you also.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on April 10, 2020:

John... loved it! I love cheese too and this poem wasn't cheesy at all it was like a drunken goat cheese trying to go out with baby swiss who was all about smokey cheddar... Oh, the delight of it all!

I loved your poem :)

Blessings,

Donna Rayne

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Thanks for returning Shauna. The video is well worth it isn’t it. Very funny in deed. I was just doing a YouTube search for songs about cheese and came across it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Some of us need to watch how much cheese we consume Manatita, but a little cheese now and then surely can’t hurt anyone. Glad you enjoyed the last line.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Haha Tiyasha, sorry to make you hungry for cheese and that it is so expensive there. I just love shepherd’s pie with lots of cheese and potato mmm. Thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Hello Fam, thank you for reading and posting another great comment. I am so glad I could make you smile especially in these very serious times. Stay safe.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Ruby, what a culinary delight you mention. I would love some of that now. Keep smiling and take care.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 10, 2020:

John, I came back to watch the video (I read your post at work, so couldn't turn the sound up) and am I glad I did. It put a huge smile on my face! Great choice. How did you ever find it?

manatita44 from london on April 10, 2020:

If I ate that much cheese, I'll have problems, perhaps. The taste is good, yes, but I guess I have abused my body some. The old kidneys won't take it.

Good poems and funny ending on the last line.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Mmm Linda. Cheese can be used in so many ways, and in so many recipes. It is something we always want to have on hand. Yes, imagine a “cheese Heaven.”

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on April 10, 2020:

Yum yum yummy in my tummy. Loved the poem. We get limited variety here, some too expensive as they are imported. But the red and white cheddar are still on our regular shopping list. I add loads of cheese in my shepherd's pie and my pasta too. Hope I never have to give up on it as I grow older. Your poem made me smack my lips like a greedy glutton. Loved it.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 10, 2020:

Oh! Ok, I'll try Mel. Sorry to bother you! My memory's obviously lacking these days; must be the self-isolation getting to me!

Thanks anyway.

Ann

Fam on April 10, 2020:

Hahaha!! Superb!

I really enjoyed your cheesy poem, the images and the video, Hensen. The mouth watering details of its kinds and a homophonic reference of a happy moment to make me smile while reading the poem, all has gone amazing.

In this time of pandemic, your writings are greatly appreciated to lessen the intensity of the panic.

Thank you very much for sharing it.

Stay blessed and happy.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 10, 2020:

There's nothing better than cheddar cheese toasted on garlic bread, yummy! I love your fun poem. We need more and more.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Thank you Pamela. So glad you enjoyed this cheesy poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Ann, I would like to take credit for recommending “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury to you, but unfortunately it wasn’t I. I have read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” which is considered part of the Green Town trilogy but not Dandelion Wine. I know Mel Carrier reviewed a Ray Bradbury novel once. Maybe it was him. Glad you are enjoying it though.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 10, 2020:

Now you're talking my language. I call myself Carb Diva but it could have just as easily been Cheese Diva. I haven't met a cheese I didn't like. Cheddar on a warm slice of apple pie? Yes please. My vision of Heaven is a cheese buffet and no worry about cholesterol or calories.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 10, 2020:

This poem about cheese is so cute. I am a cheese lover also and I really enjoyed your poem, John.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 10, 2020:

I meant to ask you, was it you who recommended 'Dandelion Wine' as a good read, some time ago? I'm just reading it and I find it enchanting. I got it on Kindle when you (I think!) mentioned it and I've only just got round to it, now that time is more available! So thanks for that, it's great.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Haha Rinita, I won't judge you. Don't tell anyone but I don't mind brussels sprouts either. Not as much as cheese though. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Hey Bill. Thanks for the offer to Bev's son's farm to top up my cheese stocks. Cheers for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Yes, Shauna, cheese, eggs and pasta are all fine with me too. Glad you enjoyed and can't get by without cheese.

Rinita Sen on April 10, 2020:

Good one, although I love brussels sprouts more than cheese. Now don't judge me please. Lol

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 10, 2020:

Fun poem, John! I had a good laugh. Bev's son makes cheese on his farm, so if you run short, you are always welcome there. :)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 10, 2020:

John, this had me giggling, especially the last line. I'm with you, tho, I would not want to live in a world without cheese. Thank goodness I'm neither lactose intolerant nor a vegan. Cheese, eggs, and pasta. Gotta have 'em!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Lorna, I used to help my uncle separate the cream from the milk and churn butter, but I have never made cheese. Good on your gran. I think people may need to relearn all these skills. Oh, and I have already started to build that rocket so your place is booked...lol.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Hello Ann. I can't believe just how many cheeses there are in the world. There must be more varieties of that than almost any other type of food. I like a lot of different cheeses but, like you, the blue ones are not among my favourites either. Glad you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

I am happy to receive your kind comment Liz. It is a small thing for me to write humorous poetry to try to entertain and bring a smile at this trying time. Thank you for appreciating it. Stay safe.

Lorna Lamon on April 10, 2020:

So entertaining John and I can't imagine a world without cheese. I think you will have plenty of company in that rocket to the moon. Just a thought - my gran used to make her own cheese, so all is not lost John.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 10, 2020:

I love cheese too, John, though I'm not keen on the blue ones.

One of the reasons I love going to France is that they have over 700 cheeses and I haven't tasted them all yet. Tomme de Savoie is one of my favourites. I'm not supposed to eat the soft cheeses but we have one called 'Stinky Bishop' which is a soft cheese like Brie but extremely smelly!

Thanks for bring us a smile, John.

Ann

Liz Westwood from UK on April 10, 2020:

Thank you. I am really appreciating your poetry for its humour, creativity and distraction from the horror arround us at this time. Stay well and keep writing. You are entertaining us all.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Thanks for reading, Umesh. I certainly can’t deny that this is a cheesy poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Sorry this poem is so cheesy, Chitrangada. I just couldn’t help it. I hope your cheesy food turns out delicious.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Hi Rosina, I may not eat quite as much as I used to either..need to watch my weight. But I still love cheese.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2020:

Flourish, tell me exactly what American cheese is...is it the orange coloured stuff found on Big Macs and other McDonalds burgers? If so, than yes we do. At McDonalds. I don’t know if it has another name.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 10, 2020:

Very nice John. This is a cheesy poem.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2020:

What a yummy and cheesy poem. Yes, the craving has started.

Really enjoyed going through your poem, with beautiful rhymes.

Thanks for sharing and I am going to cook some delicious food, with lots of cheese. Yes, my family loves it too.

Thanks for sharing John.

Rosina S Khan on April 09, 2020:

I used to eat cheese in my younger years but not so much in my adult years. Yet, I loved your poem about cheese, full of fun and humor. Thank you, John, for making us smile.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 09, 2020:

Don’t separate a man from his cheese. So legitimate question here: Do you have American cheese in Australia or is it called another name? Hmm.