Wax poetic for a chance to win a gourmet German gift pack

As May marks nature’s reawakening from winter, and both earth and man show a renewed interest in feasting, flourishing, and in love. Germans call it the Wonnemonat Mai (merry month of May) and celebrate its arrival with May poles and perhaps a Tanz in den Mai (dance into May). Naturally, food and drink play an important part with Maibowle (May wine punch) and Maibock flowing freely.

Does the coming of May inspire your mood? Then get your creative juices flowing! We’re asking our readers to rise to the occasion and write a short poem true to the saying Liebe geht durch den Magen (loosely, ‘the way to the heart is through the stomach’).

Post your poem to our Facebook page or submit via email.

The topic should revolve around the topis “food,””love” and include one or more words in German (we recommend Google translator or www.leo.org, if necessary).

The poem does not have to rhyme and can be short and sweet. Any creative and spontaneous style, form or format will do – from 140 character Twitter-style to haiku to full verses. Write us some words of wisdom, jot down memories, voice your opinion. And please make it original (no quotes of old or contemporary masters).

The entry deadline is June 15, 2012.

The top two winners will receive a gourmet German gift box from The Taste of Germany.com, and be announced on Facebook. Worthy runners up will receive the cookbook ‘Spoonfuls of Germany’ by Nadja Hassani.

Here’s an example of brands that may be included in the gift pack: Maintal Rosehip Fruit Spread, Breitsamer Acacia Honey, Feldkamp 3-Grain Whole Grain Bread, Dallmayr Prodomo Ground Coffee, Seitenbacher Berry Temptation Muesli, Teekanne Energizing Tea, Reber Mozart Kugel 6 piece Portrait Box, Hachez Classic 77% Cocoa d’Arriba Chocolate Bar, Haribo Gummi bears, Katjes Licorice Cat Paws, Niederegger Dark Chocolate Covered Marzipan, Ritter Sport Chocolate and Bahlsen cookies.

We hope you find this little challenge exciting and rejuvenating, and look forward to reading your poems!

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