Writings and Witterings

Poetry Stew


Walt Whitman's use of free verse became apprec...

Walt Whitman’s use of free verse became appreciated by composers seeking a more fluid approach to setting text. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Poetry Stew

A little bit of this and a little
bit of that, all mixed together in a
poetry hat, pull out nubile wordles
bash them all around, organise the way
they look, smell and sound. Stir ‘em into shape,
shake ‘em through and through, let them have their say,
they’ll tell you what to do ~ and when the stew
is finished, finalised and done then make
some bread to go with it, knead just for fun.
Bread has connotations, solid, formed it
rises, if the yeast is left out there are
no surprises. Method is important
from limerick to sonnet, free verse gives
to poetry yeast to place upon it.

Polly Robinson © 2012

A little bit of Ars Poetica 🙂


20 thoughts on “Poetry Stew

  1. I like the analogy – poetry is indeed like baking and cooking stews. You are inspiring me to try something less free verse… perhaps later today.


  2. Brilliant, Polly! Not to mention flat out fun to read.


  3. heh-heh … and don’t you think the photo of Walt Whitman gives a great example of a ‘poetry hat’? heh-heh 🙂


  4. This is just how I imagine you creating your works!


  5. Love your ‘stew’, Polly…so much fun to read and totally entertaining…put a smile on my face! (That “sonnet” just about killed me.) 🙂


  6. Oh–I do so love this!


  7. A nice big pot of rhyme.


  8. Such a charming poem. I’d love some! k


  9. 😀


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