I haven’t been writing much poetry for kids lately. Well, not for public consumption at least. I have a couple projects I’m poking and prodding and I don’t know what their final shape will take. For the time being though I’ve been generally happy to just play around on these Fridays. And I thank you your kind indulgence and wonderful comments.
This week I found an old notebook I used to keep. I used to always walk around with a notebook and jot down snippets and crazy ideas. Why don’t I do that anymore? No matter, there was a couple of lines and possible rhyme pairs and for whatever reason it didn’t happen a few years ago, the following poem presented itself.
if I had just one final wish,
noodles, heaping, on a dish.
if it was meat-filled ravioli
I’d fork it fast but chew it slowli.
the way that I prefer spaghetti
is al dente, almost readi.
with melted cheese and macaroni
the only choice could be elboni.
when looking at a fluted ziti
the word that comes to mind is pretti.
a cream sauce tossed with steamed zuchinni
is how my parents eat linguine.
and how could I ever forgette
those little saucers, orecchiette?
the rule of thumb when serving pasta
is get it to me molto fasta!
this orzo here, it’s rather nice
but… what the heck is this?
this rice now puts me in a lurch,
I’ll need to eat some more research.
Hidden in this wordplay I can’t ignore how, growing up, my mom had all sorts of names for dinner dishes that were really just variations of pasta. We were poor and rather than saying “pasta” three or four nights a week it would be “elbows” and “spaghetti” and, most inappropriately, “goulash” which was simply shells (or conchiglie) with a chunkier ragu. It wasn’t until I moved to the East Coast a few years ago that I learned the regional term for one of my mom’s goulashes is called “American Chop Suey,” a problematic name on so many levels.
Now I’m hungry. And I just ate!
Poetry Friday, it’s a thing. Gathering Books has the rundown this week. You ought to go check it out, see what else people have posted this week. And for you commenters (always welcome!) the question is: what’s your favorite type of pasta dish?