Today’s resource is a pair of online reading series. If you’re looking for a regular poetry fix you can enjoy from the comfort of your laptop, why not try the Poets in Pajamas series, which hosts readings every month? Poet and professor Jordan Stempleman also hosts a monthly reading which you can attend online (and you can also access archived videos of past readings). Just click here, and then on “A Common Sense Reading Series” at the top of the page.
And now, for our daily (optional) prompt! Begin by reading Sayuri Ayers’ poem “In the Season of Pink Ladies.” A pretty common piece of writing advice is that poets should know, and use, the precise names for things. Don’t say flower when you can say daisy. Don’t say bird when you mean a hawk. Today’s challenge asks you to write a poem that contains the name of a specific variety of edible plant – preferably one that grows in your area. (That said, if you’re lacking inspiration, online seed catalogs provide a treasure trove of unusual and charming names for vegetables, fruits and flowers. Here’s one to get you started.) In the poem, try to make a specific comparison between some aspect of the plant’s lifespan and your own – or the life of someone close to you. Also, include at least one repeating phrase.
Tender, sweet coconut
Tender, sweet coconut what is there not to love about you? As an offering to God, you're revered by all and broken in half, you are a symbol of auspiciousness. Your hard shell, used to make eco-friendly cutlery, your drink, freshly fermented, makes good Toddy and when not so fresh, gives one a kick and can make one sick. Tender, sweet coconut there's nothing about you that I don't love- the tall, slim trunk of your tree behind which we hid when we were kids and tied hammocks on which we lay in the noon, for hours on holiday or your palm fronds which we stared at swaying in the night breeze until we were asleep. The sweet memories you bring back of the past of grandma and how she used your husk to clean dishes when scotch bite didn't exist and how your green outer covering, she dried in the sun and fired in place of wood to warm water in the cauldron when there were no geysers. How your oil, Grandma used to massage our hair and body and squeezed out milk to make her signature chicken gravy. Tender, sweet coconut how can one be as useful as you? Your water, cool and refreshing has quenched many a thirsty soul and your soft white pulp, full of goodness has satisfied many a hungry man. Fresh or dry, hot or cold it doesn't matter you make every dish taste so much better. Sweet, sweet coconut You're the epitome of what each man should be like You set a fine example What is there not to love about you?
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