In the words of Shakespeare: "What's in a name? that which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet." But I’d like to opine that a rose by any other name may not sound as sweet. So…before I went shopping, I wrote up my list of things to get in metaphorical language. Here’s what I shopped for at the pantry—some "foods" for thought that, I hope, sound as good as they “say.”
POET’S SHOPPING LIST
- A basket of beaded hearts
- Five pounds of small brown boulders
- A pint of plump purple pearls
- A sack of sweet snow
- A box of icy green beads
- A bag of candied clouds
- A pound of ripe, round rubies
- A package of pale potato moons
- A bunch of hollow green spears
- Six sugared circles of deep-fried dough
Can you guess everything I picked up at the pantry?
When eating poetry—
it’s best to dig right in…
to let the sounds of words
roll off your tongue
and dribble down your chin.
Here are three poems for you--one with directions for making a loaf of poetry, one with advice about how to eat a poem, and one about eating poetry.
A Loaf of Poetry by Naoshi Koriyama
How to Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam
Eating Poetry by Mark Strand
Check out my post In Celebration of National Poetry Month to find out what I have in store for you at Wild Rose Reader during the month of April—and to find out how you can win a children’s poetry book.
Cloudscome has provided links to blogs with special plans for National Poetry Month at A Wrung Sponge.