They Gave Me Words to Work With

They gave me words to work with,
I knew not what to do.
The words were fried and swirling,
Lips, chicken, certain, stew.
I looked at my reflection,
While writing couplets down;
I looked not like a poet,
But like some silly clown.
The more I wrote, I hungered
To write some lasting stuff;
Then I threw my pen away
And shouted, “That’s enough!”
This lull in fevered writing
Will give me time to think
Of how to spread my table—
Forget the pen and ink!
I’m grateful that my table
Holds something that tastes sweet,
For writing leaves me famished,
And now it’s time to eat!

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Posted on June 16, 2019, in light verse, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Rhyming poetry, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Well you didn’t give us much choice with the words we had to write about food didn’t we? I have found however that being old helps as there is so much in the past that can give my brain a kick as surely I’ve done something like it in my lifetime!

  2. Your poem made me smile…..and feel like a snack, when i have nothing to snack on. Smiles.

  3. Yes writing creates great food cravings!!!

  4. I understand the desire to write lasting stuff. I do think sometimes we look at our work and wonder what will stand the test of time.

  5. Ah! The struggle goes on… I too often favour a hot drink and fuelling up a bit, when the Muse starts to weaken and see how things look then!

  6. Taking a break is sometimes the best way to deal with writer’s block. May as well grab a snack while you’re at it.

  7. As Poets we can’t help but desire to write ever lasting poetry! ❤️ I tend to snack on something while I write 🙂

  8. What an adorable poem. Happy Sunday MMT thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday today


  9. Ink isn’t the only food. Sometimes, a soul needs mango (or a deliciously chubby coffee).


    Time to eat that certain chicken stew and smack your lips!

  11. Sometimes you just need time to think…digest your thoughts…

  12. Eating is my favorite way to procrastinate. You capture that well.

  13. Ha! That was a fun read.

  14. Oh, good idea! You make me think I should always have chocolate handy when writing … or at all times, really. 🙂

  15. Thanks…I can feel a choc binge coming on. Nice rhyme and rhythm.

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