On the hoof, or: Mad as a meat axe

A limerick Gordo gorged on meat when angry or nervous and could not bear slow restaurant service. Once, ol' Gordo ordered a whole cow - when the staff balked, he shouted, "Now!" On the hoof, the cook cried, "God, preserve us!" d'Verse prompt: Bon appétit food poetry At d'Verse, poets were encouraged to write poems about… Continue reading On the hoof, or: Mad as a meat axe

Yucky, or: Spoiled

A rhyming sijo I once received harsh rejection Upon expressing affection, For I'd erred in my selection, And bought some "yucky" confections; I guess... 'pon reflection... That she'd expected perfection. 'Ronovan Writes' poetry challenge Sijo Wednesday #7 Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the word 'perfection' today. Sijo? A Korean verse form related… Continue reading Yucky, or: Spoiled

Focus, Shivers, or: Bitter

Three American sentences in 10 words I. #focus Whenever I begin counting syllables, I tend to lose #focus. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1501918641025130498 II. #shivers She #shivers despite the sunlight, as his poetry caresses her. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1490020742737674242 III. #bitter #Bitter, like all flavors, reflects feelings, not just food preferences. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1496410180497686529 What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American… Continue reading Focus, Shivers, or: Bitter

Sugar, or: Spice

A quadrille In the form of a Diminishing Verse poem Fingers crossed, he'd intended to cheat... Soft cookies cooling from the oven's heat... She'd made him promise that he wouldn't eat any of them... But perhaps he'd just nibble a bit at one... Retching on salt, he realized she knew him to a 't'. Diminishing… Continue reading Sugar, or: Spice

Sweet, or: Sour

A butterfly cinquain I spat the orange juice out into the sink drain; eyed the carton; and notified Papa, who chuckled at my innocence. "Have you forgotten you've already brushed your teeth?" #TankaTuesday The above butterfly cinquain was written for Colleen M. Chesebro's 'Tanka Tuesday' prompt: Poets were prompted to write syllabic poems based on… Continue reading Sweet, or: Sour

Hold the vegetables, or: Salted with my tears

I learned how to make matzah brei from Papa z"l. This is a very fond childhood memory of mine and remains one of my favorite Pesach foods even today.

A poem in blank verse They met and married in the seventies, several years after their Aliyah from the Soviet Union, a regime which had stripped their families of Jewish knowledge and traditions. Very few Jews were granted visas for emigration in those years, as leaving the Mother Land was considered betrayal. Israel transformed them;… Continue reading Hold the vegetables, or: Salted with my tears

Delicious, or: Nutritious

An American sentence Hints of spice add flavor to heaping spoonfuls of hearty, boring words. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Delicious, or: Nutritious

Halal, or: Kosher

An American sentence The halal hamburger tasted kosher, but the café had no beer. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading Halal, or: Kosher