‘The Philadelphia Pepper Pot Legend’ and Other Poetry by S.M. Westerlie The Society February 20, 2014 Culture, Poetry The Philadelphia Pepper Pot Legend This day in 1777, American soldiers, at Valley Forge, camped. By hunger and winter’s breath, spirits were damped. Paying a toll for the new revolution, Frostbitten, starving, they needed a boost, So Christopher Ludwick prepared a rich meal. Directed by Washington, he cooked to heal. It’s pepper pot soup that he chose to produce. Meat—mostly tripe they’d decided to store— Peppercorn, veggies, and other small bits Helped them when they’d reached the end of their wits, And gave them the strength to push on with the war. Bunyan and Blue Folklore well-known throughout each U.S. state Exposes the lives of Paul Bunyan and Blue, A huge man and ox of implausible weight Who’ve both shaped the land in ways we can’t undo. Paul dug and filled each and every Great Lake— Watering holes all sufficient for Blue. Dragging his ax, as the legend does state, He carved the Grand Canyon. The land, he cut through! Paul piled rocks up to put out a fire. By now, we’ve named the formation Mt. Hood. This lumberjack could have stacked them much higher! He was enormous, as folklore reports, Which should be expected from someone who could, As a newborn, require five traveling storks! Both poems are from The Alliday Poem Book of Silly Celebrations S.M. Westerlie is a writer and poet living in Seattle, Washington. Featured Image: “Pepperpot” by John Louis Krimmel Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.