Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DMC: "Ode to Grapefruit!" by Cindy Breedlove


I picked you for your pinkish tone
but pucker at your taste, and groan,
wiping juice off of my face,
inhaling tartness, but embrace
the whispered promise in my ear:
two sizes smaller in a year.

© 2017 Cindy Breedlove. All rights reserved.

Helen Frost has challenged us to write an ode poem this month, following these instructions: 
Choose an object (a seashell, a hairbrush, a bird nest, a rolling pin). It should not be anything symbolic (such as a doll, a wedding ring, or a flag). Write five lines about the object, using a different sense in each line (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). Then ask the object a question, listen for its answer, and write the question, the answer, or both. 
Click HERE to read her sample poem, "Ode to a River."

Post your poem on our March 2017 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, March 31st, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her latest novel-in-poems from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Macmillan:


  1. Hahaha! Love this, Cindy. Great zinger of a last line.

  2. Goodonya for finding a way to incorporate humor into this challenge, Cindy! Thanks for the giggle. :)

  3. Ha! Nice rhythm, rhyme, and overall word choice, in addition to the humor.

  4. Hee-hee! That 'whispered promise' is the special something that makes grapefruits almost palatable...almost. Nice job, Cindy!

  5. This is so clever and well done! Made me smile. Great job!

  6. Funny and well written. I love grapefruit.

  7. WHAT a chuckle you gave me, Cindy, with ODE TO GRAPEFRUIT. Wish I would create surprises like this. A tasty treat.

  8. This is a lovely, funny poem, I can taste the bitter-sweet juices!