Day 20 Poem-a-day challenge

How do you feel about anthropomorphized food?

I think I can. I think I can! On Day 20, from the ridiculous to the more ridiculous, I exercise my creativity the best that I can! Here, I quote every poets’ motivating force, Maureen at “And now for today’s (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that anthropomorphizes a kind of food. It could be a favorite food of yours, or maybe one you feel conflicted about. I feel conflicted about Black Forest Cake, for example. It always looks so pretty in a bakery window, and I want to like the combination of cherries and chocolate . . . but I don’t. But how does the cake feel about it?”

Kielbasa & Sauerkraut
Credit to

Kielbasa Speaks to the Vegetarian of Polish Descent

You don’t fool me, Marisha!

You long for me more

than you will confess. Your

Grandma Krolczyk made us, all the

sausages, so tantalizing with

mustard seed and garlic.

Then, she smoked us with a

smoldering fire in the smokehouse.

Your Grandma Celia, more modern,

baked us in the oven as you know, and we

were still so tasty, but what do you care?

You long for me, desire me, imagine

me simmering with Kapuśniak for hours,

or browned in the iron skillet in butter.

Sometimes I was served with my friend

Barszca, those saucy red beets my

vibrant companions!

You do long for me, don’t you

little Marisha? Grandma Victoria

would not approve, but to

satisfy your longing, your desire for me,

could you try to eat Kielbasa of tofu?

            Jacquelyn Markham (4/20/22)

Note: Marisha was actually my sister’s Polish name from our maternal Polish grandma.

4 thoughts on “Day 20 Poem-a-day challenge”

  1. […] prompt. Again, I just couldn’t choose a single featured participant. First, we have Poet Voice‘s poem in which kielbasa tries to tempt a vegetarian, and second, Orangepeel‘s poem in […]


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