Take a Poem to Lunch by Denise Rodgers

I’d love to take a poem to lunch
or treat it to a wholesome brunch
of fresh cut fruit and apple crunch.
I’d spread it neatly on the cloth
beside a bowl of chicken broth
and watch a mug of root beer froth.

I’d feel the words collect the mood,
the taste and feel of tempting food
popped in the mouth and slowly chewed,
and get the smell of fresh baked bread
that sniffs inside and fills our head
with thoughts that no word ever said.

And as the words rest on the page
beside the cumin, salt and sage,
and every slowly starts to age,
like soup that simmers as it’s stirred,
ingredients get mixed and blurred
and blends in taste with every word
until the poet gets it right,
the taste and smell
and sound and sight,
the words that make it fit.

Just write.

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Known to her close fiends and family as The Poetry Lady, Denise Rodgers is a professional writer who has been reading and writing poetry since she was 14, when her older sister had the nerve to get married and leave her alone with hours and hours of quiet time to read and write. She is the author of “Great Lakes Rhythm & Rhyme,” a collection of whimsical poetry about the Great Lakes region, as well as “A Little Bit of Nonsense,” a collection of wacky poetry about animals, food, and odd ideas and people. In addition to her own collections, her poetry has been featured in Jack Prelutsky’s “Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme,” (Alfred Knopf, Fall 2005), as well as in “The 20th-Century Children’s Poetry Treasury” (Alfred Knopf, 1999). Several of her “Great Lakes” poems have been included in the “MEAP” (Michigan Educational Assessment Programing) tests. Her poetry has also appeared in “Children’s Digest” and “Junior Trails” magazines. Ms. Rodgers lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, with her husband Peter. She and her husband have two adult children.

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Definition: Personification is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

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This poem is about giving a poem people like characteristics. That is why it demonstrates the use of personification. It talks about what it would be like to take a poem out for lunch. Unknown

I chose this picture of people because the poem was given people like qualities.

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