Monday, March 16, 2009

Poetry Train: Fortune cookies

I bought fortune cookies for my Poetry-Writing students and gave them each two. They had to begin a poem with one fortune and end with the other. This is what I wrote:

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Fortunate Poem

“Your income will increase”
said the fortune cookie
and right away
I thought of winning
the lottery
and having all that

But I know
what would happen.
My husband would want
and airplane
or two
and a new boat
and before I could blink,
we’d be in debt
and have tons
of bills.

No. I want
a different type
of income.
I want the richness
of poems.
I want bank accounts
of words.
I want an ATM card
that spews
and credit cards
with unlimited
because “the important
thing is to express


anthonynorth said...

Couldn't put it better myself. Infact, have you noticed that your required expenditure rises to meet your income?

Annamari said...

I need an ATM card that spews ideas too.
Well done, and I like how the narrative line turns around...

gautami tripathy said...

Me too, me too!

lay in lace

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Anonymous said...

I love that fortune cookie idea, Linda! Awesome poem, too!

Tumblewords: said...

How clever to use fortune cookies as prompts! Love this poem - it's a natural progression of event!

Fledgling Poet said...

Wouldn't that be awesome? What a clever idea! I really enjoyed this. :~)

Julia Smith said...

What a dreamy idea!

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Anonymous said...

nice flow of thought!

Louise said...

Excellent! I'm always amazed by people who can write poetry.

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Sepiru Chris said...


You spoke that words that many of us share. But you don't need; you have.


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