While browsing through some quotes this morning, I came across this one:

“The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” G.K. CHESTERTON

This sent my mind in a couple of different directions. I wondered how many (if any poems) had been written about cheese. And, second, I remembered today is a Friday in Lent and, according to, “all Catholics 14 years or older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.” As a vegetarian, this hasn’t crossed my mind in a while, but I often think about my prevegetarian days, growing up when we didn’t eat meat on Friday — any Friday.

On those Fridays, we lived on several staples — tuna casserole, fish sticks, tuna salad, egg salad, and, my personal favorites, grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

Some years back, I wrote a history of Kraft Foods products — including three chapters about cheese (natural cheese, process cheese, and cream cheese). So this background puts me in a unique position to serve as your curator of cheese (but not cheesy) poetry. Here we go…


by Life Poetry

Ode to Cheese, 

Which makes us smile, 

When cameras go clack.

Ode to Cheese, 

Which make us taste,

The greatest of flavors,

the wackiest of whack.

Ode to Cheese, 

Blue, Gorgonzola, 

American and Cheddar.

Ode to Cheese, 

Beja and Feta, 

In all types of weather.

Ode to Cheese, 

For those on a diet, 

or trying to get fatter.

Ode to Cheese, 

with crackers and wine, 

with grapes can flatter.

Ode to Cheese, 

when you’re sad and happy, 

Cheese just fits.

Ode To Cheese, 

Mountains and mountains, 

or bits and bits.

Ode to Cheese, 

To appreciate, 


and take pictures.