Dive in for Once

Hello on Day 4 of NaPoWriMo2022 and #AtoZ Challenge. I didn’t know I would enjoy writing on prompts. I had fun doing this one today. Hope you have fun reading it too. I haven’t been able to follow the prompts completely, taking my own digressions, but I’m happy making some poetry.

Today, we were challanged to write a poem . . . in the form of a poetry prompt. If that sounds silly, well, maybe it is! But it’s not without precedent. The poet Mathias Svalina has been writing surrealist prompt-poems for quite a while, posting them to Instagram. You can find examples here, and here, and here.

My attempt for the day is tentatively titled ‘Dive in for Once’

  1. Put aside the ladle
  2. Take the chair at the head of the table
  3. Bend your head over a paper towel
  4. Forget to stir the watery dal*
  5. Think of a mellow poem instead
  6. Dig your teeth into its softness
  7. Close your eyes and meditate
  8. Dive in for once, don’t hesitate
  9. Forget the routine, ignore the doorbell
  10. Drink down its juice with a loud slurp
  11. Transgress those boundaries, you’re allowed to burp
  12. Chew noisily; it’s NOT a man’s territory
  13. Now fold the paper towel with blotches of ink
  14. Allow the poem to rise and sink
  15. Take it slow, let it cook
  16. Put it out after a second look
  17. Serve the dal, blackened and burnt
  18. To scrunched up noses offer a fruit
  19. Or, better still, sing to them the latest poem, rustled up in the kitchen right before a submission.

*dal – lentils

How did you like this fun poem? I love the writing of poet and friend Ermelinda Makkimane. I am in love with her ‘How to eat a mango’ which appeared in The Kali Project. My poem today has reflections of Linda’s words. ‘The Kali Project’ also features two of my poems.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z

25 thoughts on “Dive in for Once”

  1. Yes to : “you’re allowed to burp” and the serving of a freshly prepared poem for dinner—Revolution!! Here we come.

    Such a great offering Sonia. Cheers.

  2. Haha loved the poem. What a smartt way to write it. Let the dal be burnt…enjoy meaningful things in life which make u happy is gist isn’t it? Seriously we make so much fun on dal…and food and cooking and whose territory is what who decides it?

    Lovely coming by ur blog.

    Dropping by from A to Z http://afshan-shaik.blogspot.com/

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