Valentine’s Day is for Love, Love is essential for Community

The blog Cacao for a Cause posted today about purchasing a chocolate that expresses the authenticity of your love.  High quality, sustainable chocolate offers a story about community.  Each bar of chocolate produced and distributed with the livelihood of its source community in mind sends a message to your loved one that you care about them and about the world in which you live.  Be with your loved ones this holiday, and remember we are all part of a larger global society.

Life in one Melting Bite

~ Mike Greenberg, February 2012

Examine the sheen, how it reflects light,
your reflection in a bar of heaven.

Then break off a piece, split it in half,
How does it split?
Cleanly, crisply, with a sharp crack?
or mushy, silently, like wax?

Sniff the aroma, the cacao of a plantation,
the scent of workers,
the village of its creation.

I smell berries and wood,
smoke from fires, aromatic symphony in a

Then chew, only a little,
let the bar melt.
Stop chewing now or you’ll miss
half the texture,
devouring the piece in three bites.

Melting, melting, dark chocolate goodness,
no need for adulteration by milk.

Taste the labor of nature and humans,
a compact of development,
creating a beautiful substance, not a vice
(that’s Hershey’s domain).

Savor the melting bar,
then rinse and try another.

What’s in a bar?
Taste place and purpose,
A combination of elements,
Natural, for our senses.

Life in one melting bite.


About MikeG

I am an affordable housing developer and consultant. I build bridges to create compassionate, diverse communities. When we resolve conflicts, we strengthen our understanding of best practices toward collective well-being. I combine the value of inclusion with strategic planning, research skills that develop links from the seemingly unlinkable, and a passion for our interconnected lives to draft plans that succeed (photo by
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