Hi everyone! We have a guest host for today, Misky.
Our mothers scowled and said, Don’t play with your food.” But we all like to dabble in food. Slice it. Dice it. Arrange it. And eat it, of course. We adorn it, adore it, and write about it endlessly – cookbooks and novels and poetry. We are tempted by fruit that’s as juicy as a primary colour, and we follow those fallen angels with their apples. Sylvia’s blackberries, and the Emperor of Ice-Cream, Frank O’Hara, or maybe D.H. Lawrence’s Figs in which he writes
“Figs” by D.H. Lawrence …
The fig is a very secretive fruit.
As you see it standing growing,
you feel at once it is symbolic :
And it seems male.
But when you come to know it better,
you agree with the Romans,
it is female.
You can read the entire poem here Figs by D.H. Lawrence
or “Ode to The Onion” by Pablo Neruda
your beauty formed
petal by petal,
You make us cry without hurting us.
I have praised everything that exists,
but to me, onion, you are
more beautiful than a bird
Read it in full Ode to The Onion
And then there’s William Carlos Williams’s plums poem
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
for breakfast …
(continue reading this poem here)
So here’s the plan. Let’s play with our food. Our favourite food. Or treat. Breakfast? Lunch? If this was your last meal – what would you want on your plate. Is there a plate? Maybe it’s finger food. So instead of counting syllables on your fingers, let’s lick our fingers, and write some food poetry. Bon Appétit!
After you post your foodie poem on your blog, come back and add a link on Mr Linky. Please do read other’s poems, and comment. A kind, supportive word is priceless.
Thank you Misky for the delicious poetry prompt.
*** Thursday, 12 May, OPEN LINK NIGHT LIVE hosted by Sanaa! You may link one poem, as usual, whether you join us for the live session or not. ***
About our guest host: Bio: Misky lives in the UK, surrounded by rolling chalk hills, flowers, and vineyards. She never buys clothing without pockets. Her photography, poetry and prose are widely published.
Hi everyone! I hope you have fun with this prompt! Thanks to Misky for being our guest host.
Hello, it’s Misky here, and welcome to Tuesday’s Poetic Bon Appétit Food Poetry prompt. I hope everyone has fun with the foodie prompt! Food is always at the heart of my day – I’m a “home” recipe tester for new cookery books prior to 1st run publication. I test processes, methods, check for typos, etc. That’s me! The bar is open.
I didn’t know that you are a “home” recipe tester for new cookery books prior to publication. Looking forward to reading foodie poems from our international community of poets.
Yes, I’m on a call-list for several British chefs, plus I regularly process new recipes for America’s Test Kitchen. Home cooks a big part of testing because we’re not professionally trained.
Thank you for hosting. What a cool job! I enjoy cooking and baking–and food poetry–but I don’t have time to join in today. I’ll try to post something later in the week.
I’ll look forward to reading it when your time permits, Merril.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I do love cooking (and baking) but today I thought about a more modest ingredient… love the prompt. I think today will bring out some interesting poems… maybe even a recipe.
Yes, your bread is simply gorgeous. And your scoring technique is perfection!
A recipe would be nice Bjorn. Looking forward to interesting poems too.
Hi Misky and Grace. A small effort posted. Thanks for hosting Misky. I’ll read the full compliment of poets tomorrow.
Good evening! I’m so pleased that you found time to join in. I’ll pop over and read yours now.
This was fun! Thank you
Entirely my pleasure! Thanks for joining in.
what a great prompt
have a good evening all
Thank you, Rog, and many thanks for your very interesting response to it.
a.h. starlingsson said:
Thank you for such a nicely done presentation of the prompt, Misky. I thoroughly enjoyed it…until I got daunted by the poetry and the ones coming in from dverse!
Yours is quite marvellous, and I hope everyone has a moment to read it, Ain. I’m delighted that you found today’s prompt inspiring of such a strong haibun.
Yumprompt, Misky! Thanks for taking the torch.
Enjoyed it, Ron. Goodnight.
Yes, just delicious – thanks Misky.
My pleasure, Peter.
A match!! I wasn’t getting golf shirts unless they had a pocket. Even if it was a gift I wouldn’t wear it.
I may cook to ight, seems as though a crowd has already written. I have a lot of “food” blog posts but not so many poetry ones.
A kindred spirit! I never leave home without a pocket! 😁
Thank you Misky, what a lovely selection of food for thought 🙂 and a great prompt.
You’re very welcome! Glad you had fun with it.