“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that anthropomorphizes a kind of food. It could be a favourite food of yours, or maybe one you feel conflicted about. I feel conflicted about Black Forest Cake, for example. It always looks so pretty in a bakery window, and I want to like the combination of cherries and chocolate . . . but I don’t. But how does the cake feel about it?”
My poem combines the two prompts – to write a sedoka and to write a poem that anthropomorphizes a kind of food. The prompt to write a Sedoka was provided by Dr Ampat Koshy from a poetry group called ‘The Significant League’ on Facebook. The group has also been hosting the NaPoWriMo challenge for the last two years.
1. A sedoka poem is a call and response poem. These love poems are made up of two katauta verses. The first verse is a katauta in which one lover poses a question to another. The second verse is the partner’s reply, also written as a katauta. Each verse has a 5-7-5 or 5-7-7 pattern.
2. Katauta: This three-line poem has a syllabic meter of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. A katauta is often called an incomplete poem. The form is written as one lover addressing another. When paired with the response from the other lover, the two katauta become a sedoka.)
My poem for the day – True Love – Chocolat
I look at you and my heart does a cartwheel. Do you know I love you? You don't have to spell it out; I see it in your honey brown dewy eyes. Do you know how much? I am a better person when you are with me. I'd be a fool if I didn't. You shun all who love you when you have me. If you know so much tell me, do you love me too Or is it just me? Yes, I do. Because you don't rush. You savour each moment together. I'm thrilled to hear it Does the thought ever cross you that you might lose me? It did when you hired a trainer to get fit, but you are so loyal You're quite the tease, you know? You have me all wrapped around your finger.
Anybody who knows me knows how I feel about chocolate. Its not the devouring-the-entire-bar kind of love (I couldn't afford to do it at my age). It's the 'taking-each-bite' and letting it melt in your mouth kind of love. My love for cocoa is almost spiritual. You're probably laughing, but, that's Ok. The 'food of the Gods' calms me down, helps me remain sane in situations beyond my control and and it's my most easily accessible no-frills 'me-time'. The brown, gooey love and I share a bond that's hard to express. We've grown together - staying with me during my years at boarding school, reminding me of home. And in University, calming my nerves down. In the years after Uni, I allowed a number of things to come between us - ice-creams, cakes, cookies. It can't be helped. I was growing up and I had to explore my choices. However, the hardships of the last few years, brought me back to it - it provided me with a hedonic gratification at the end of a day - this time it came in the shape of bitter chocolate and came guilt-free. So, it's here to stay. Copyright@Smithavishwanathsblog.com. All Rights Reserved.