Poem with an explanation: soup

legs and thighs
nine pieces
turned to eighteen


frozen mixed vegetables

for a week

doing the math
figuring the dollars per day
doing the math
hoping it lasts


In this poem a person has little money and little income.  They are planning how they will eat.  They are planning to make chicken soup with rice and vegetables and have that for every meal.

The person buys chicken.  The cheapest per pound they found was a large bag of legs and thighs.  It contained nine pieces of legs and thighs together that they cut into eighteen pieces.

The person uses the chicken to make soup.  Their soup has chicken, water, rice, mixed vegetables that they bought frozen, and salt.  With what they bought, they figure that it will feed them for a week.

The person then tries to plan out the month.  They do some math and figure out how much the food cost them and how much it would cost them per day.  They do more math and hope their money lasts them for the month.

In the poem the person has little money.  To deal with this they eat the same thing for every meal and make their food in large quantities.  The person though still wanted food they thought met a minimum standard for themselves.

Poetry topic idea: coins

Today’s poetry topic idea is coins.  Coins can be used in a variety of ways in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Chance. A poet could write about flipping a coin to decide something.

  • Groupings. Coins can be grouped in various ways.  One way is by denomination.  Other ways could be color or size.  A poet could write about different things grouped in different ways.

  • Value. Coins have value that is defined.  A poet could apply this idea to things or people.

  • Metals. Coins are made of metal.  A poet could write about different metals and alloys.

  • Buying something. Coins can be used to make purchases.  A poet could write about small purchases made with coins.

Coins can also be used to make experimental poetry forms.  The values of the coins for example, can be used as different numbers in poetry forms.  They could be syllable counts, line counts, letter counts, and so forth.

Here is a poem using coins:

one hundred and twenty four cents

sorry sir,
the pain medicine
costs a dollar thirty