Poetry Friday–Recipe Poem Challenge

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pear Pie 2022, © Michelle Kogan

Happy Poetry Friday!

Again the month has escaped me… My poem is from the Poetry Sister’s November challenge: to write a recipe poem, I’m hoping mine fits the menu, perhaps with a few substitutions… Thanks for the challenge  Laura,  Tanita,  Mary Lee,  Liz,  Kelly,  Tricia,  Sara,  and Andi!  Find more of these poems tagged with #PoetryPals.


Planning or 
intuition or 
maybe a bit 
of both…
Like cooking 
some planning may help.
Maybe rise 
early–if possible

Remember our Thanksgiving when…
Electricity took a hike 
intuition moseyed in…
Birdie finished the menu
splendidly, stovetop-style.
Gas stove stepped in
with burners
igniting effortlessly.

So let’s unpack it–
We held it together,
stayed calm somehow
and thought of alternatives.
Could invite unity
if we let them in.
Open that crevice
stretch your order–
Rearrange ingredients,
discover something new,
maybe even 
a wee bit of 

Epilogue: Communal unity united all, and all were grateful for gas stove…

© 2022 Michelle Kogan draft

Ruth Bowen Hersey at her blog There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Ruth! Ruth’s sharing a couple Ode poems to Tables, along with some wonderful pics, so stop on by!

Be sure to help yourself to a piece of pie!

Peace & Thanksgiving wishes to all!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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9 Responses to Poetry Friday–Recipe Poem Challenge

  1. Ruth says:

    Love it! Thanks for being the first contributor!

  2. Unexpected, eloquent & spot-on.
    I’ve read the recipe call the creative, clever Poetry Sisters shared. I feel you are in unity with the idea.
    Mine requires 1 or 2 more ingredients, so in this bizee time, maybe by Monday!
    Joy to you at Giving Thanks time, Michelle.

  3. margaretsmn says:

    In the NY Times newsletter this morning, the writer suggested the mantra, “Everything will be OK.” This poem proves it outright. Unity creates a something new and everything was OK.

  4. katswhiskers says:

    I am very much into substitutions in cooking. And unity. And making memories from simple things – and things gone wrong,

  5. Linda Mitchell says:

    I saw that mantra referenced above…and, my favorite word in your poem is the perfect placement of “maybe.” Now, tell me about apple-pear pie! How fascinating! I’m so thankful for your posts and the way you carefully comment on so many Poetry Friday blogs. You make time for this community. Hugs!

  6. tee+d says:

    “Alternatives —
    could invite unity
    if we let them in.”

    Oh, wow. I love that so much. So, so much. What a beautiful and fragrant dish unity might be. Here’s to rearranging our ingredients and reacting with innovation to the challenges in our world.

  7. Ooh, I love how this recipe is one big metaphor and all about improv. ❤

  8. heidimordhorst says:

    Let intuition mosey in–yes, indeed! all this clinging to established plans can get in the way of ingenunity hee hee hee. Thanks for the reminder, Michelle!

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I am sorry that I am late for the pumpkin pear pie treat. It sounds yummy. Recipe??? I read your poem a few days ago but did not have time to comment. I finally digested the weekend and back to raise the flag for unity. Your recipe poem opens the door for ingenuity, unity, and a grand holiday celebration.

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