NaPoWriMo : Day 22 – An ode to baking

And now for our daily (optional) prompt. As our film for the day shows, art and poetry can richly affect one another. Frank O’Hara’s poem, “Why I am Not a Painter,” speaks to this mutual engagement, as do explicitly ekphrastic poems (i.e., poems that are about a specific work of art), like Thom Gunn’s “In Santa Maria del Popolo.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that engages with another art form – it might be about a friend of yours who paints or sculpts, your high school struggles with learning to play the French horn, or a wonderful painting, film, or piece of music you’ve experienced – anything is in bounds here, so long as it uses the poem to express something about another form of art.




Some call me a poet, some an artist

For poems I write and art I do

Perhaps I am a little of both

Or perhaps I am neither


If writing your heart in verse

for the pure love of it

Makes me a poet, then I must be one


If the only test  be, that these words are my own

And they not be judged

for meter, stanza, rhyme and the rest

Then maybe I’d agree.


If bringing a canvas to life

for the sheer joy of creating

Makes me an artist, then I must be one


If my art makes you appreciate in awe

If it not be judged

for its originality, abstractness, roots or the rest

Then maybe I’d agree.


But I can tell you what I’m not

I’m not a baker, though I’d love to be

So if you called me that, I would not agree


For ne’er a cake hath risen

Or a cookie not crumbled

Or a bread not brown’d

When I did wear the baker’s hat


An explosion of dough, broken egg shells and dirty dishes

messier than cleaning paint off my palette; easier

to paint a cake of any flavor and top it with the brightest colors


Making of fondants a distant dream

So much harder than writing a verse or painting a picture

the whisking, the sprinkling, the layering


If it were enough that I lie engrossed

Unaware of the passing of hours

And the the ebb and flow of tides

To knead a wonder


Then maybe I’d be a baker

Or maybe I am

For with the weave of words and the dash of strokes

I can be all I want to or I can be none.


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10 responses to “NaPoWriMo : Day 22 – An ode to baking”

  1. Jaya Avendel Avatar

    I love the textures and layers in this wonderful poem! It is long enough to draw me from line to line and beautiful in its flow. ❤

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, dear Jaya for reading and appreciating the poem. I woke up to your comment and it made me smile. I re-read the poem and realized nothing has changed😀. Thank you again for your warm words.

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  2. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    You do have the gift of writing and painting Smitha and not only because of a passion for it – but this poem does call to mind all the people who don’t call themselves writers or artists because they aren’t published or don’t get paid for it – when they are, because they do it. As for baking, well we can’t be good at everything 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Andrea. Coming from a talented and gifted person as you, it means the world to me. Yes, I very often doubt my writing because I haven’t been paid and I’ve never studied writing or Literature beyond grade 10. After that it was only general English. So your words are encouraging. Thank you🙏

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  3. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

    Ha Ha Ha! I loved this one Smitha. I shall bake you a nice cake next time you are in Delhi 🙂

    Loved the poem. You are certainly a great poetess and a wonderful artist!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Vands for such beautiful, kind words. You are the sweetest 🙂 And I’ll remember this offer, the next time I visit Delhi 🙂

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      1. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

        You are most welcome my dear 🙂

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  4. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Excellent poem for how to become baker and the love of baking, Smitha. Loved this simple and nice poetic words.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Kamal. Needed this as I trudge along the last week of NaPoWriMo. 😊🌷

      Liked by 1 person

      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Welcome Smitha and I so agree with you dear.


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