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!