Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Butterfly Hours Memoir Project: RICE (poem)

For 2019 I'm running a year-long series on my blog in which I share my responses to the writing assignment prompts found in THE BUTTERLY HOURS by Patty Dann.

I welcome you to join me, if you like! I've divided the prompts by month, and the plan is to respond to 3 (or so) a week. For some of these I may write poems, for others prose. The important thing is to mine my memory. Who knows where this exploration will lead?

For links to the prompts I've written on so far this year, please click on The Butterfly Hours tab above.

This month's prompts are pipe, playground, prayers, recipes, ribbon, rice, road, saltwater, sandwich, school, sewing.


white rice
because it's unassuming

brown rice
because it's bold

wild rice
for its peaks and valleys

Jasmine rice
for the way it perfumes
the evening

Basmati rice
for its the way
it sings of forests

yellow rice
because saffron
is a river that flows
both sweet and savory

black rice
because it's really purple

black rice because
it's forbidden

black rice
because of that place
on the coast
where I first shared
black-rice sushi
with you

- Irene Latham

1 comment:

  1. Who knew there were so many varieties of rice? Love the memories and associations you shared.


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