Writings and Witterings

Poetry Stew


A little bit of Ars Poetica πŸ™‚ First published on this website in 2012, lightly edited today.

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 β€˜em into shape,
shake β€˜em through and through,
let them have their say,
they’ll tell you what to do.
When the stew is finished,
finalised and done
then make some bread to go with it,
knead it 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
to place upon it.

Polly Stretton Β© 2018


25 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 πŸ™‚


  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.) πŸ™‚


  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. πŸ˜€


  10. πŸ˜€
    Divine πŸ™‚


  11. Absolutely scrumptious!

    Oh Captain, my captain… Back in Sacramento we once had a reading at the old cemetery on Whitman’s birthday… It was wonderful. πŸ™‚

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