Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Instructions for a Cheesy Poem (Poem)

Instructions for a Cheesy Poem

Imagine writing a poem
that looks like Swiss cheese.
Will the empty spaces
before and after every stanza

always be the words
you'll never say to me?
Think! What metaphor will
invoke the creaminess

spread thick on your tongue
as you eat herb-studded goat
cheese? Will thin orange shreds
of cheddar stuck in the grater

stand for the piles of confetti
you had me sweep up last week
in the rain? If the poem stinks,
how will you avoid the cries,

"Oh, no, not more limburger!"
You'll need to watch for patterns,
like how you'll rhyme gouda
when you mean to praise Buddha.

If you have to count syllables,
you'll need to choose spring
cheeses — the floral of brin d'amour
for May's new love, maybe

St. Nectaire for its grassy aroma.
You won't want the poem to go on
long. Somewhere in that last line
place a third course and more wine.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas
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This poem, with a few changes, was written for last month's poetry theme — cheese — at TweetSpeakPoetry.

3 comments:

Kathleen said...

Oh, this is delightful. Now I want some herb-studded goat cheese for breakfast. Also, I have some Swiss in a poem, too!!

Peggy Rosenthal said...

What a delicious poem! I've read it a few times, enjoying all the word-play and prosodic treats.

angel011 said...

Definitely cheesy! :)