Thursday, July 21, 2016

POETRY FRIDAY: "Eating the Sky"


Eating the Sky

This sky I cannot taste
But how I might—
If I had a mouth
To swallow
North
West
East
And South—
Partake of
Such
Bright
Blue

This sky I can’t ingest
But if I grew
Famished
Enough
I might just try
One wedge
Of cloud
And half
A moon
For breakfast—
Wouldn’t
You?


© 2016 Steven Withrow, all rights reserved

You can hear me read the poem aloud by clicking here.

16 comments:

Joy said...

I wonder how many empty calories are in one wedge of moon and half a piece of sky and what do they taste like? Are they better eaten hot or cold? Are there seeds to spit out?
Can you tell I liked your poem to the moon and back? It really got me to thinking. Well done.

Molly Hogan said...

Your photo and poem are both delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Irene Latham said...

Yes, to be able to eat the sky... a few years ago I selected "Sky" as my One Little Word, and it was life-changing to make the sky so much a part of my daily life... lots of pics like this one, but not like this one at all. The sky has a different face every second -- how delicious is that? Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Harsham said...

What a delicious whimsy. Now I'm craving a moon cake. :-)

Sally Murphy said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing. I love both poem and photo.

Donna Smith said...

Good poem. I could not help myself. Forgive me... but this just came out. Good poems bring more thinking and sometimes more writing. Thanks.

The sky would shatter like brittle -
With a vaguely sweet taste
on the tongue;
But I won't understand this sky-dining
Till I reach my ladder's
last rung...

Alice Nine said...

Love your take on the sky... I never tire of the many ways the skies are served up.

Kiesha Shepard said...

Well put. I am forever in awe of the sky and all its mystery. I write about the sky often in my notebook. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lee said...

Nom. This sky looks silky smooth and caramel-y.

Violet Nesdoly said...

Delightful!

Steven Withrow said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Great stanza, Donna! Glad I inspired you to write.

Steven

jan godown annino said...

I can see
how your dreamy sea- to- sky image
cooked up
your savory
sky pie poem.

n-e 2nds, please?

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Yeah, me too--thinking and arguing and adding to each person's idea of how the sky would taste and feel. All poems don't inspire immediate responses like this...I wonder what's at work here?

not brittle but
smoothly
stretched
blue taffy
blue tang
white sugar
white ice
my mouth
never wide
enough for this buttered
span of watersweet sky

Charles Waters said...

LOVE IT. WITHROW POWER!!!

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