Poetry Prompt: Recipe Poem

Poetry Prompt: Recipe Poem

Today’s poetry prompt is a recipe for disaster! Or a recipe for happiness, hope, making the perfect snow angel… You decide! All you need is a recipe and an idea.

To create a recipe poem, you might want to pull a few cookbooks off your shelves for inspiration on recipe terminology. You’ll need plenty of good food-related language to spice up your poem!

For your poem, decide on a subject that isn’t related to food. You could write a recipe for how to have the perfect summer day, how to swim in the ocean for the first time, or how to make a best friend. You could even write a recipe for a supervillain! The options are as endless as your imagination.

Then, brainstorm your “ingredients” and the steps it takes. For example, check out the ingredients for creating an Evil Villain™.

  • 4 cups goal
  • 3 cups motivation
  • 6 tablespoons backstory, sifted
  • 2 handfuls minor villains
  • 1.5 teaspoons weakness
  • ½ cup accessories
  • 1 pinch gold or lapis lazuli

Here are the steps for creating your own supervillain:

  • Preheat the oven to 873 degrees Celsius (1,603.4 Fahrenheit).
  • In a large black bowl, combine goal, motivation, and backstory. Blend at light speed for ten minutes, until dough forms blackish lump.
  • In a separate, smaller bowl, stir minor villains until thawed. Then quickly fold into the main batter until completely engulfed.
  • Add the weakness and knead carefully, spreading weakness throughout the whole lump. This is a most delicate phase—too many weaknesses will make the dough fall apart, but too few will make it dry and fossilized.
  • Once weaknesses have been kneaded in, sprinkle accessories on top. This is the point in the recipe where you can add your own distinct flair: the curling walrus moustache, the pocketwatch that doubles as a sword, the bright red hair standing on end, or the evil villain cape of awesomeness, for example.
  • Bake for 1,095 days in the back burner of your mind. Remove from oven and let sit. Should be burned black around the edges.
  • If desired, add a pinch of gold or lapis lazuli for effect. Serve frozen or boiled in the lava of revenge.
  • Feeds 1 story.

Once you’ve brainstormed your ingredients and steps, write them all out in lines as a poem, and voila! You’ve got a recipe poem all finished! Make sure to share your poem with the family in your next teatime, and with us at Poetry Teatime here!


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