Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ReadWritePoem Monthly Challenge: 5 on 1: Day 2

Graham Cracker Cake

  1. First, whip a pint of whipping cream until it starts getting thick.
  2. Add about a ½ cup of sugar and keep whipping.
  3. Add about 2 tablespoons of powdered chocolate and keep whipping.
  4. Then put a graham cracker on a dish and spread some of the whipped cream on it.
  5. Continue layering the crackers with the cream until it’s about 3 inches high.
  6. Use the rest of the whipped cream to frost the sides and pile the leftover on top.

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    Graham Cracker Cake

    The building
    of children
    is like erecting
    a Graham Cracker cake
    one careful layer
    at a time.

    Our kitchen table
    was round
    and I sat
    next to my dad
    the perfect place
    for the first born
    the one with his blue
    eyes and curls.

    Conversation twisted
    in and around
    like the scents
    of the food
    we were rapidly
    devouring.

    As a fifth-grader
    I was the expert
    on all things
    and if I didn’t know
    the answer,
    my dad did.

    Then Timmy asked
    a question
    and I opened my mouth
    to show off
    that I knew
    the simple
    answer

    but my dad
    answered first
    and he was wrong.
    I closed my mouth
    and sat quietly
    my heart
    a crippled bird.

    My mom brought
    the dessert
    to the table
    and I noticed
    that it was lopsided
    and crooked.

    I ate my piece
    slowly
    and wondered why
    the whipped cream
    tasted a bit sour.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

from Therese L. Broderick -- I like how this poem has a different mood than the first -- more "sour." It's good that your series of poems (or sections of one poem) explore different moods. That's real family life, right? I also like that this poem features the father more than the mother, whereas the last poem seemed to me to do the opposite. So you're offering different facets on the same family, the same dining table. But boy, that graham cracker cake sounds good -- just like s'mores!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Your heart, a crippled bird... the moment we realize our parents are human... (and I suppose then, so are we!)

Thank you for a compelling read!

Matthew said...

The first stanza really got me. I'm a sucker for a good analogy, I guess!

And I'm really loving the combination of recipe & poem, especially the forms the poems are taking, narrating a story connected to the recipe. I say don't stop with 5 of these; keep going until you've got a chapbook, because it's a fantastic format!

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