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Onion of Passion - A Blitz Poem for Poetry Soup

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Onion of Passion - A Blitz Poem for Poetry Soup

Onion of Passion (A Blitz Poem for Poetry Soup)

Start with an idea
Start with an onion

Onion on a cutting board
Onion from the crisper drawer

Drawer of firm vegetables
Drawer of future soup

Soup to feed the poet’s soul
Soup to cure the common cold

Cold days feeling uninspired
Cold nights feeling over tired

Tired of the same same same
Tired of this empty feeling

Feeling compulsive
Feeling hungry

Hungry for a poem to come
Hungry for some hearty soup

Soup flavored with Whitman’s marrow
Soup that starts with his sort of rawness

Rawness of starchy emotion
Rawness of aromatic images

Images of stiff green celery stalks
Images of bright chunked carrot snips

Snips sautéing in olive oil (dash of salt!)
Snips of memory softening

Softening and blending into metaphors
Softening with those onions now translucent

Translucent as distant dreams
Translucent as childhood kisses

Kisses snuck behind the bushes or
Kisses from great grandma

Grandma gave this life recipe
Grandma said to let things simmer

Simmer with love like chicken stock
Simmer then add the bag of herbs

Herbs are like adjectives
Herbs like just the right verbs

Verbs of action rather than being
Verbs like heat and sear and cook and flavor

Flavor the soup
Flavor for sharing

Sharing ourselves
Sharing is why

Why we cook these chunky poems
Why we cook anything

Anything at all
Anything  with passion

Passion and heart
Passion pulsing


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  1. Date: 7/26/2014 2:04:00 AM
    Good day Mr Keim. I enjoyed reading this Blitz poem and the central theme of cooking - the heart of many a household. I have attempted one, Free from Mood, and would greatly appreciate your feedback. Q: In the blog, the example Blitz poem used the last word in line 47 in the title. May any word in line 47 be used in the title or are the rules commonly found on the Internet correct when they state that it is the first word? Thank you, Su [

    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards
    Date: 7/26/2014 2:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PS After posting the form, Suzette Prime, here on PoetrySoup, I had to elaborate on the rules as many a poet found that syllable counts varied from application to application on the Internet. Leeway with syllable counts, therefore, were permitted. Poetry (to me) is a growing, living, thing and I do not think that anything is ever cast in stone. :-)
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:09:00 PM
    Ut OH Lol I wrote a blog on your form [I didn't know you were here YOU should have done it!] I did enjoy it, my free verse is more like stream of consciousness, so it wasn't hard for me, I created a form called etcetera where

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 7/25/2014 8:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you do something similar but with the words in the first sentence say the sentence is [Once upon a midnight dreary]/ the next line can start/1. Once when the kindling was gone and the ashes cold/2.-Upon a- eve when death lay on the pine/3. midnight -came with the bong of clock and the skitter of mice/4.dreary was the soul that sat in the dark shadowed by moonlight [You can use 1 or more words but in the order they appear & the first lines length is up to you ...
  1. Date: 4/19/2014 9:22:00 PM
    Hi Robert: I have it on my list to try.....looks like a challenging but self perpetuating form for the right triggering thought. Welcome to the soup. SuZ

  1. Date: 4/18/2014 4:19:00 PM
    Soup Mail!!

  1. Date: 4/10/2014 9:50:00 PM
    So hearty! I feel full already :)

  1. Date: 4/10/2014 8:46:00 AM
    I love it!!! ..this is one great poem...!!! well done... i was fulled!!! :O)) great job,Robert!!! ^_^

  1. Date: 4/10/2014 8:39:00 AM
    Still Feeling my way around here, I appreciate the attention to this form, it has legs! Special thanks to Vicki Acquah's Blog and to Cyndi MacMillan for contacting me about the recent buzz around here!