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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: 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!