Sunday, July 31, 2022

poetry lesson #12

Worthy of a Michelin star, this?

homecooked fried rice by dsnake1
photo also by him

poetry lesson #12
() cooking a poem

the fire is lit
the ink is heated
but when i throw
in the words,
try to stir fry
trying to cook
a decent poem,
i wonder
have i chopped them
up properly
diced them verbs nicely
minced the nouns
selected the right metaphors

have i added them
in the right order
and am i
missing some spice
of adjectives.

the colours are looking right
it's almost done
ready to be served
on a new page
and garnish with line breaks.


from my old naporimo 2009 files.

Netflix - The Glorious Food of Studio Ghibli Supercut

There is no food featured from one of my favourite Ghibli films, Grave of the Fireflies. Maybe food during wartime is deemed not attractive enough by Netflix. :)

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger rallentanda said...

Looks delicious. Hmmm a good cook and writes poetry...appealing combination...the fans will be lining up at the door:)

31 July, 2022 09:15  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Ha ha, your fried rice looks very tasty! I think I'll make some for lunch today; you've inspired me. Though it might not be as good as yours – I'm an indifferent cook.

You yourself must be a lover of cooking, to have penned this delightful piece about cooking a poem! Watch out – you might become the source of yet another prompt! (Grin.)

31 July, 2022 09:22  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

Delicious all-around. I really enjoyed this poetic recipe. And the image made me hungry.

31 July, 2022 10:21  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
Appealing combination! I took up home cooking out of necessity. Eating out can be expensive. :)


Yes, I can cook up a mean fried rice.
Actually this poem is for a daily NaPoWriMo piece which was posted on my other blog.
Oh no, another prompt source?
My favourite prompt source is from the Bibliomancy Oracle where i think i wrote most of my better poetry. :)


A poetic recipe, hey? :)

31 July, 2022 11:37  
Blogger Rommy said...

This was an absolute delight. I want to show them to my husband when he wakes up, as he is a poet as well as a kick ass cook.

31 July, 2022 21:21  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Great! There are husbands who are good cooks, and if he is a poet as well, that is a bonus. :)

31 July, 2022 22:55  
Anonymous Rajani said...

Garnished with line breaks - is a sriracha of a line... loved it!

31 July, 2022 23:38  
Blogger Jim said...

Adjectives make the writing more "poetic" but they mess things up if you're trying to make it rhyming or syllabic.
Good cooks? I make spaghetti, chicken parmesan, hot dogs (with chili, sauerkraut, pickle relish, mustard, ketchup, and cheese or any part of those), corndogs, canned soups, soup in a cup--add water, chicken or tuna salad sandwiches, raisin cinnamon bread toasted with cream cheese and jam, soda crackers with peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spread, or else follow most any easy recipe. I prepare more food than does Mrs. Jim but she makes more exotic dishes, sometimes from scratch.

01 August, 2022 09:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
Sriracha is nice, and hot! :)


Thank you!
It seems you are quite a mean cook too!
Adjectives have their uses but i would avoid them in haiku or short verses. :)

01 August, 2022 10:45  
Blogger J M Beames said...

A good cook is like a good chemist - it requires all the right ingredients, the correct amounts, etc. else you get something you didn't intend.

A good creative can sometimes have "happy accidents." Lucky for us when it happens

02 August, 2022 21:22  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

J M,

Thank you!
something to think about. :)

03 August, 2022 00:25  
Blogger magiceye said...

Sounds to be a tasty meal!

04 August, 2022 10:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


haha! Actually I can cook up a mean fried rice. :)

04 August, 2022 22:11  
Blogger said...

Love the merging of food and language!

05 August, 2022 08:49  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Sara!

Blogger again keeps sending some comments to my spam folder.

07 August, 2022 10:26  
Anonymous Jewish Young Professional "JYP" said...

I really enjoyed this. Your line breaks and short lines really seemed to capture the prep of stir fry - chopping up the poem vegetables for perfect cooking. I disagree with the line breaks as mere garnish though. I think they can be quite integral to the dish.

17 August, 2022 13:02  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, JYP.

Ah, another fan of line breaks! Yes, i think line breaks is a rather under-rated tool of poetry. They give the space for the reader to pause, to examine. As you said, it is quite integral to the work.

17 August, 2022 16:28  

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