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Recipe for a Rant

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It might be sweet

Or perhaps pernicious

Depending on your mood

Or which persona you choose

To serve up on this plate

One cup of conviction,

Don’t shake it

To half a cup of real

Don’t fake it

Pour into glass bowl

Combine with relevant stories

Or substitute with an allegory

More easily digested

Season with pure grit

And some hot sauce

If you “put that shit

On everything”

Marinate your words

With a little savoir faire

Then let them spill

Clarify and separate yourself

From any shadows of doubt

Before stirring it up

You can add an epochal moment

If you really knead it

Don’t mix in any anger

It will curdle your cause

Sometimes warmth is required

For rants to rise properly

Serve with a side of sassiness


Anthony Desmond at dVerse Poet’s Pub really had us firing up the neurons for this one. He chose a list of twelve random words, challenging us to use at least five of them in a poem. I used eight ( pernicious, persona, plate, glass, allegory, shadow, epochal, warmth).





36 responses »

  1. Isn’t this Fabulous!!! Wow.

  2. A perfect recipe you have for us in here, smiles – I like the fun element with which you build your structure. A cool write.

    Interesting, that we both were reading each others’ poem at the same time. I finished reading and got the pop-up on your comment. It’s always nice to connect to fellow writers.

  3. And BAKE!! This is awesome!

  4. Glenn Buttkus

    Oddly, I seemed to have followed your recipe flawlessly; so you must be bang on with your creative use of the Word List; nice job.

  5. I love the creative use of cooking – season, marinate, knead, rising & serving ~ That’s a creative way of describing it ~

  6. Fantastic. I loved it!

  7. ha. if you are going to do it, you might as well go all the way
    i love the hot sauce, so i am ready to roll with it…
    i def taste it first though…
    no doubt

  8. ooh what a creative use of the words… I quite liked your recipe; I also like to put hot sauce on everything so, guess that makes me sassy… hahah

  9. Now that’s funny! πŸ˜€
    Thanks for the comments and for a wonderful poetic prompt.

  10. I’ll keep this in mind when I rant. πŸ™‚ Thanks for this fun take on the prompt. It’s a welcome respite from the intense themes I have been reading. πŸ™‚

  11. That’s a great recipe.. The words seem to float flawlessly into this – and I agree with Imelda.. The lightness is freeing

  12. Thanks, Bjorn. πŸ™‚

  13. Great recipe. I especially like the idea of serving with a side of sassiness! That definitely would enhance the flavors even moreso.

  14. Wow…great and so interesting….!!

  15. Ima try this recipe. Might be a good serving for me from time to time. I don’t need a measuring tools, right? πŸ˜‰ Very nicely and creatively done!

  16. I created a healthy pie last year in a similar way (, πŸ™‚

  17. Seriously clever! – add an epochal moment if you really knead it – very funny, too!


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