Artwork to inspire poetry: smoked pork ribs

smoked pork ribs

Above is a photograph of smoked pork ribs.  It is food as art.  It can inspire poetry.  (As a note, on December 27, 2017, the poetry topic idea: ribs was posted about.  Check that post for ideas about writing about ribs.)

it took a lot of time
and effort

there was wood
and water
and fire

sometimes
the temperature
was too low

other times
too high

the water ran out

and there was a flare up

but sometimes
in cooking
there is more worth
than the food
you eat

Experimental Poetry Form: Four stanzas with a repeated moving line

This experimental poetry form consists of four stanzas.  Each stanza is four lines.  Each line has ten syllables.  There is one line that is repeated.  It is the first line of the first stanza, the second line of the second stanza, the third line of the third stanza, and the fourth line of the fourth stanza.  The form looks as follows, with the repeated line noted as “R”

R
*
*
*

*
R
*
*

*
*
R
*

*
*
*
R

 

Here is an example poem written in the form:

while ribs are smoking outside in the rain
a small clock is watched and hours counted
classic rock is playing songs that you know
iced tea is sipped under an overhang

images of history float up high
while ribs are smoking outside in the rain
generations of learning of fire
generations of learning of life

silently, neighbors peer out their front doors
wondering what is that scent in the air
while ribs are smoking outside in the rain
and thinking they should walk over and see

it’s been too long since days like this were here
with quiet thoughts and peaceful sounds of life
and scents rising slowly up in the air
while ribs are smoking outside in the rain

Poetry topic idea: ribs

Today’s poetry topic idea is ribs.  Here are some ideas for using ribs in poetry:

  • A poet could write about the creation story of Adam and Eve. They could use the story of Eve’s creation as the basis for expressing other ideas.  They could write about husbands and wives, as well as women, men, and their relationship to each other.
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  • A poet could write about a boxer with hurt ribs. They could write about the pain, the difficulty breathing and the difficulty moving.  They could write about how each blow brings more damage.  They could use these ideas as a metaphor for life situations.
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  • A poet could write about cooking and eating ribs. They could write about the process, the time and the recipe.  They could describe the appearance, smell, taste and texture.
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  • A poet could use a rib cage as a metaphor for something else. They could either talk about it as containment or protection.

 

P. S. Happy third day of Christmas.