Craving a really good one?
I first came across this poem in Garrison Keillor's anthology Good Poems for Hard Times, which we've been choosing poems out of to read randomly at family dinnertimes since corona hit -- for no reason whatsoever.
The Poet’s Occasional Alternative
by Grace Paley
I made a pie instead it took
about the same amount of time
of course the pie was a final
draft a poem would have had some
distance to go days and weeks and
much crumpled paper
the pie already had a talking
tumbling audience among small
trucks and a fire engine on
the kitchen floor
everybody will like this pie
it will have apples and cranberries
dried apricots in it many friends
will say why in the world did you
make only one
this does not happen with poems
because of unreportable
sadnesses I decided to
settle this morning for a re-
sponsive eatership I do not
want to wait a week a year a
generation for the right
consumer to come along
So – yeah. Which would you prefer?
Poem…? Pie…? Poem with a side of pie…?
Kinda tough getting all the sparklers lined up on top of the poem.
But I hope, in this case, a poem was exactly what you needed to hit the spot.
If you’re grooving on a particular poem these days, please PRETTY PLEASE – we’re desperate – share it in the comments below!
(magnetic fridge poetry picture © Steve Johnson via Flickr)
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