Day 2: Found Object Challenge

This is Day 2 of Laura Shovan‘s Found Object challenge. (She has invited anyone interested to write a poem each day in response to a photograph prompt.) Part of the nature of the challenge is to write and post a poem quickly, without much editing, “turning off the inner critic.” This image took me in several different directions and still feels “half-baked.” It’s a poem I would usually tuck away to work on later but I’m pushing it out there in the spirit of the challenge.


A rainbow of vegetables
Cascades across the cloth
in a vegetable tangle
Richly hued glossy skins
and upright stems
like jewels from a casket
in burnished splendor
glistening with ruby lights
and polished emerald hues
A garden offering.

Soon the sharpened knife
will slice crisply
piercing taut skins
chopping, dicing, mincing
exposing seeds nestled deep in the core
or scattered throughout the flesh
carving out slivers and slices
on the scarred cutting board
stained with pooling juices
a stew?
a soup?
a sacrifice.

10 thoughts on “Day 2: Found Object Challenge

  1. Oh, I love this poem! You use the most beautiful and specific words…they really paint a picture! What a great challenge!!! Happy poetry writing!

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  2. Beth Scanlon says:

    Loved the words and the picture. I loved the opening line the most.

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  3. I LOVE this poem! It makes me feel like summer again, holding the labors of my garden, still warm from the summer sun. Thank you for sharing it on this cold February day.

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  4. Amy says:

    I enjoyed your “half-baked” poem. One of the things I like most about your writing is your word choice. And, this poem is yet another example of that!

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  5. blkdrama says:

    Seems to me that you had fun with language in your half-baked writing challenge. Keep it up. Your writing is flowing 🙂

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  6. What a great challenge! You’ll definitely be in the groove for writing daily in March.

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  7. Linda Baie says:

    Laura’s challenges are awesome, as is your poem. I love that “tangle of vegetables”.

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  8. Tara Smith says:

    A sacrifice worth making! Clever and beautifully crafted poem – good for you for taking on Laura’s challenge.

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  9. vanessaw2007 says:

    You are so talented, this poem really spoke to me. I really loved the last line.

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  10. Cindy says:

    “A sacrifice”- perfect last line! Loved it!

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