Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Weekly Scribblings #29: Writing about food

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Hello and welcome to another exciting round of Weekly Scribblings! Many writers have indulged in writing about food over the decades, be it vegetables, or something sweet et al. The simple detail of food can concentrate emotion unto the page, evoke memories and send one down nostalgia lane. Following are a few examples:

The Emperor of Ice-cream                           
by Wallace Stevens

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal.
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Meditation on a Grapefruit 
by Craig Arnold  

To tear the husk like cotton padding       
a cloud of oil
misting out of its pinprick pores
clean and sharp as pepper
To ease
each pale pink section out of its case
so carefully      
without breaking a single pearly cell
To slide each piece into a cold blue china bowl
the juice pooling      
until the whole fruit is divided from its skin
and only then to eat
so sweet.. (Read full poem here)

This Is Just To Say 
by William Carlos William

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Your challenge today is to write while inspired by food. Add finely chopped prose i.e. 369 words or fewer, a pinch of metaphor, diced liaison or try your hand at worldly seasoning. The choice is yours! The platform is open until next Wednesday.

Good luck composing your masterpieces. I look forward to reading what you come up with. Please do visit others and remember to comment on their work. Also, enjoy this musical inspiration by First to Eleven. Have fun!🍰


  1. Lovely prompt, Sanaa! Thank you. I especially loved the intricate consuming of the grapefruit!

    1. Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜ƒ so glad you enjoyed the prompt! Happy Wednesday!πŸ°πŸ§πŸ’

  2. Nice prompt Sanaa, i did some food shopping on the Main street this morning and sharing in haiku about thisπŸ’much love...

    1. Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜ƒ heading over to read your delicious haiku! Happy Wednesday!πŸ°πŸ§πŸ’

  3. Thank you, Sanaa, for the three lovelies. They are each so very different, that makes it hard to choose a favorite.
    I've posted a lot of food over the years, more on my 'straight' blog than i use here. Eating is one of my favorite activities.

    1. Thank you kindly, Jim. I am glad you liked the prompt!πŸ°πŸ§πŸ’

  4. I was a little slow on this one, but got it up. Food prompts are always fun.

    1. Thank you so much, Jedediah πŸ˜ƒ heading over to read you! Happy Thursday!πŸ°πŸ§πŸ’


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