Eating Poetry or Chicken Soup for the Art Journalist Soul

I don’t know if it is the same for anyone else, the more I read, the more I create art and see art, and think about art, something happens to the way I think and how I see things as I go about my day.

Today, as I was making homemade chicken soup for supper, I found myself turning it into a little poem and, although I don’t have a completed poem to show you, I am rather proud of the phrase, “whittling carrots into dinner” and I should look around for the proper piece of writing to include it in.

After everything was peeled and chopped and set on the stove to boil, I had some leftover parsley and dill and as I was looking at it, I had an idea. I got out my watercolors and painted a big patch of green and another patch of lighter green. Then I took another corner and painted it yellow and blended that up into a burnt umber color. The last part of the paper became carrot orange and that blended into the lighter green patch. Then I took my herbs and an onion cut in half and positioned them on the paper. I covered it and pressed it under weight and am now waiting to see what art my dinner will yield. Hopefully, I will have something fun and yummy to share in the next day or so.

I am like a little kid, impatient to open a present, but – even though I am completely experimenting and have no idea how my project will come out – I suspect that leaving it undisturbed for a time will yield better results than poking at it prematurely.  And so to distract myself and keep me out of trouble, I came in my living room to write this post and to share today’s poem.

In keeping with the unintentional food theme, I chose Mark Strand’s Eating Poetry as today’s poem. You can here the poet reading his poem in this video.


About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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