Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy National Poetry Month: Exhibit B

This post is a bit belated, but no less delicious than it would have been on Sunday.  Enjoy, as we continue to celebrate National Poetry Month!

Matters of Intake

I have a friend who devours
poems like she devours
sumptuous chocolate cake --
with a feminine fortissimo,
speedily savoring each serving.

I, on the other hand,
experience poems like I
experience creme brulee or flan --
slowly, deliberately,
careful not to overdue it,
knowing that too much
of a good thing will ruin
the power of the moment.

I do not think either way
is superior -- only that one
approach is better for
that particular partaker.

Even now I am closing
a book of poetry,
instinctively knowing
when to say "when."


Justin Barisich said...

I like the comparison of the consumption of poetry to the consumption of desserts. I find that when I read poems, I sometimes ingest them quickly, sometimes slowly. I guess it all depends on the flavor I'm attempting to extract.

Amy E. Hall said...

Thanks for your comment, Justin. Indeed! The speed of consumption is certainly linked to a number of "ingredients" within the "dining experience."