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: turnip flower buds

turnip flower buds

Above is a photograph of turnip flower buds.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

turnips
vinegar
salt
water
beets

the turnips sit
with salt on them
as liquid drains
for a time

into the jar
the turnips go
along with beets
for color
and sweetness

vinegar is poured
two inches up
and salt is sprinkled
just enough

water flows
and fills the jar
it sits outside
as all turns pink

into the cold
they sit and wait
two weeks pass
and all is nice

Artwork to inspire poetry: plantains

plantains

The artwork above is a food artwork.  It is of cooked plantains.  The plantains were sliced and cooked in a butter alternative.  When they were nearing being done, brown sugar, honey and lemon juice were added.  The plantains were cooked a bit more and then served.  Although this food is not vegan in the sense that honey (and possibly sugar) are not vegan, it does not contain any meat or dairy.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Places where plantains grow. A poet could look up the regions of the world where plantains grow and write about those places.  A poet could learn and write about what plantain farms are like and about those who work there.
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  • Cooking plantains. A poet could write about a meal being prepared with plantains as a side dish or a desert.
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  • The colors in the food. This dish contains yellows, golds, oranges and browns.  A poet could write a poem with those colors and use them symbolically in poetry.
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  • Sweet vs. savory as a metaphor. This dish is sweet.  The plantains were ripe and brown sugar and honey were used.  Plantains can also be cooked as a savory item.  They can be fried and sprinkled with salt.  A poet could see this contrast and use it as a metaphor for other things.
     
    There are a number of experiences and situations that could be one way or another depending on circumstances.  A poet could write about these situations and examine the ways they could differ.  A poet might include different versions of the same situation in the same poem.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy

Couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy

Above is an artwork of a meal.  A meal can be art.  The meal is couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy.  Additional ingredients include vegetable oil, salt, red pepper flakes, dried dill and water.

The meal was prepared by sautéing the peppers, mushrooms and bok choy in the vegetable oil along with the salt, red pepper flakes and dried dill.  Partway through the cooking, the garbanzo beans were added.  When all that was near done, the couscous was stirred in and then water was added.  The pan everything was in was covered and the couscous was allowed to steam in the water.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • The meal is vegan. A poet could write about veganism.
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  • A poet could write about a dinner where this meal is served.
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  • A poet could write about the person eating this meal. They could explore why the person is eating it (e.g. health reasons) and describe the cooking.
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  • The meal is relatively inexpensive to make. A poet could write about cooking with a budget.
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  • There are lots of colors in the meal. A poet could be inspired by those colors and combinations and use them in symbolism in poetry.

Poem with an explanation: Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Cooked diced chicken,
Sliced pepperoncini peppers,
Sliced black olives,
Sliced green olives,
Whole brined capers,
Crumbled feta cheese,
Powdered parmesan cheese,
Ground sea salt,
Ground black pepper,
Bright olive oil,
Fresh lemon juice,

Stir,
Mix,
Coat,

Shredded carrot,
Cherry tomatoes,
Yellow pepper,
Red pepper,
Romaine lettuce,

Stir,
Mix,
Coat,

Dinner.

 

This poem is a recipe for a chicken salad.  While a recipe may not be generally be thought of as a poem, this one is meant to be one.

The main reason it is a poem, in addition to being a recipe, is that its purpose is to create imagery and a sense of hunger, rather than just convey information.  The idea of it is not just to provide a recipe for a chicken salad, but more to have the reader imagine the chicken salad, see it in their minds, imagine the taste, and feel a sense of hunger.

In addition to this, it also has a sense of poetry form.  It is divided into five stanzas.  The first stanza has lines of three words each, the second of one word each, the third of two words each, the fourth of one word each, and the fifth stanza has one word.  Also, the second and fourth stanzas are identical.  Additionally, the first stanza has lines that follow a pattern of two adjectives and then a noun, the second and fourth stanzas are verbs, the third stanza has a pattern of an adjective and then a noun in each line, and the last stanza is a noun.

The idea of this poem is provide a creative view of a poem by having a poem that is also a recipe.