Poem with an explanation: walking nowhere

walking miles
but getting nowhere

 

This poem is specifically about a person trying to lose weight by walking on a treadmill.  Over time, the person walks many miles but loses no weight.  The “getting nowhere” part refers to the person not achieving what they desired, but also to the idea that they are in the same place while walking on the machine.  The idea was to use the phrase symbolically and literally.

More generally, the poem is about effort without result and could be symbolic of many experiences.

Poem: grilled cheese sandwich

Butter
salted
in the pan
let it melt
low heat.

Bread
sourdough
maybe
some dry mustard.

Cheese
lots of options
cheddar
Swiss
have you tried
feta?

Another slice.

Wait.

Turn.

Brown.

Turn.

Maybe a few more times.
It’s a process.

When the color’s right
and the cheese is melted
and there’s that smell.

Yeah.

Are you going to make one now?

Yeah.

It’s understandable.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a woodpecker near a hole in a tree

a woodpecker near a hole in a tree

Above is a photograph of a woodpecker near a hole in a tree.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

what’s the focus here,
might depend on perspective

is it
the woodpecker
searching for food?

is it
what the woodpecker’s searching for
hiding?

is it
the tree
that has a hole?

is it
the leaves
that somehow got there?

is it
the rest of the tree
that isn’t shown?

it might depend
on perspective

Poem: What’s for dinner?

What’s for dinner?
This is an interesting question.
The answer can say a lot.

Think for a moment
about what’s for dinner
and about what that might mean.

What does it reveal?
What does it mean in a larger sense?

It sounds simple.

What’s for dinner?

There can be a lot
on the plate of the answer though.

 

 

Note: There will not be a new blog post on the blog on Monday June 8, 2020.  The next new post will be on Tuesday June 9, 2020.

Poem: pumpkin

pumpkin
orange
orange juice
breakfast
pancakes
wheat
fields
farms
cows
milk
cookies
plate
table
wood
trees
leaves
paper
books
stories
buildings
windows
glass
sand
beach
shore
waves
wind
branches
rivers
banks
hills
country
field
crops
pumpkins