I’ve been away, so I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I don’t love how this turned out but (for me) the point of a poetry challenge is to just write and see what appears.
Day 23- Write a seven line poem that begins with “it’s true that fresh air is good for the body” (from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Ave Maria”) and ends with “this is our body” (from Gary Snyder’s “The Bath”).
It’s true that fresh air is good for the body,
and mountain peaks fill our body with strength.
Daily exercise and a good diet make us live longer,
pilates is an excellent way to stay lean.
Meditation opens up our minds,
but, we would rather Facebook, consume junk food and tv.
This is our body.
At first, I didn’t actually realize the prompt for today said three lines so I wrote a much longer poem:
Ode to a Somewhere in Between Green and Orange Colored Food (Working Title)
You, my friend, are everywhere-
you lighten our world on top of salads, on the rim of beer bottles,
in perfectly square starbursts of flavor and in face-scrunchy candy-thingy heads.
Where would we be without you?
There would be no twist in this world, that’s for sure.
With your bumpy skin and perfect football shape,
you are an art form in itself.
Without the upside down flavor you present,
there would be no sweetness to compare it to,
no spritz, nothing.
You are the sideways to a world made of mere up and down.
You play by your own rules, you colorful, non-square, non-vegetable, lime-like thing.
You are not sweet, salty, spicy or bland. You are different.
You have mastered the art of fitting in to this misshapen world,
all the while standing out,
shining with your glow.
If only we could all be a little more like you
and just realize that we can have some twing,
be snarky and still be loved.
Keep being your oval-ish, bright, lighter than orange, not quite lime green-self.
Write a three line poem about lemons without using the following words: lemon, yellow, round, fruit, citrus, tart, juicy, peel, and sour:
You, my friend, are everywhere- salads, beers, dinner,
perfectly square starbursts of flavor and face-scrunchy candy-thing heads.
You are an art form in itself. Without you, there would be no twist in this world.
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