Wednesday, November 19, 2008

instant poetry

This poem was inspired by an idea by DeadPoet, one of my forum friends. He calls his off-the-cuff, spur-of-the-moment short works "instant poems".

Opening a cup of instant noodles and waiting for it to cook, I was going through the newspapers when the idea of an "instant poem" came to my mind, and so here is this slightly unappetizing serving. The news items came from the actual headlines of a newspaper that day.

It's pretty old news, I know. I promise to write something better when my muse returns. :)

montage by dsnake1

in between, the news

open packet, pour in hot water, wait 3 minutes.

in the meantime, there was the usual bleak news from Iraq, female hostage pleads for her life, Feb 1 2006, damn, dropped cigarette ash on floor, splattered like a dead moth, cowboy gay love story won 8 Oscar nominations. dad beats up mum what can a child do? homeless man living under flyover bridge for past six months.

ah, excuse me, my noodle's ready.


© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 )



Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I like this! Now I am inspired to write instant poetry!

19 November, 2008 22:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

wow, this is almost instant response! i just came back from Pat's site and saw your comment. :)

just curious, are instant noodles available over your side? it's convenient when you are hungry in the middle of the night or just plain lazy to cook. :0

19 November, 2008 22:39  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Well, Almost everything is available here. We certainly do not live on trees and ride elephants. I mean, no longer!


20 November, 2008 00:14  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

yes, this is why I don't watch the news anymore, Cheong.

20 November, 2008 11:33  
Blogger magiceye said...


20 November, 2008 16:04  
Blogger dsnake1 said...



i thought only chinese/japanese/koreans take instant noodles, i forgot about globalisation (though i really don't like that word). :)

most of the news are depressing stuff nowadadys, isn't it? i still watch it though.

thank you! :)

20 November, 2008 19:23  
Blogger Deborah Vatcher said...

Amazing how much life can be condensed into three minutes. Enjoyed this.

22 November, 2008 04:00  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you!

sometimes, i wish we could slow down the pace of life here..

22 November, 2008 11:28  
Blogger polona said...

well, it's an instant life we live, isn't it?
i rarely read or watch the news anymore...

23 November, 2008 02:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

looks like it, polona. :)

people demand instant response, instant explanations, instant connections, and that's just in the office..:)

24 November, 2008 00:43  
Anonymous gel said...

This is cool! The free flow of words is a style used in poetry that I have seen before. It's cool and I want to try it now. Your ending is perfect.

05 December, 2008 08:55  
Anonymous gel said...

Oh in reply to the comment thread discussion, I'm not Oriental and I eat instant noodles. :)

05 December, 2008 08:56  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

glad you like the style here. :) i wrote this as if in little bite sizes, to reflect on the "instant" and fast-paced world we lived in.

and yes, i must be still living in a cave, haha! :D
except that i still find it hard to see you guys eating instant noodles. it's more like an Asian thing. :)

05 December, 2008 22:25  

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