NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 29


Today’s prompt is to write your own two-part poem that focuses on a food or type of meal. At some point in the poem, describe the food or meal as if it were a specific kind of person. Give the food/meal at least one line of spoken dialogue.

The Quintessential Movie Theater Treat
by ARHuelsenbeck

once you’ve paid for your ticket
move to the concession stand
and choose your popcorn
it’s calling your name
not with words but with its irresistible aroma—
(you know you want me
you must have me)
choose buttered or un- 
(who eats unbuttered popcorn, crazy people?)
salted or un-
(are you kidding me? unsalted popcorn?)
small, medium, large, or gargantuan
(almost the price of a bicycle)
but you must have it
can’t watch a movie without it

fresh popped corn at home
a marvel of modern technology
3 minutes in the microwave—presto! pop-o!
before microwave ovens,
hot air machines 
blew the fluffy little clouds
into your bowl
before hot air machines
Jiffy Pop expanded under aluminum foil
on your stove
before Jiffy Pop
kernels in oil in a lidded pot on the stove
or maybe you cooked the kernels
in a closed metal mesh basket 
on a metal pole with wooden handles
over a flame in the fireplace

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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