PF: More Inktober poems

The daily Inktober prompts are a great low-stakes way to keep the creative juices flowing and a wonderful distraction when one is needed. Here are a few of my recent efforts. (I will apologize in advance for #12 though I had great fun writing it!)

#10 pick

Mystery in the Garden

Yesterday I picked a pumpkin
where I thought I’d planted melon.
I can’t figure how this happened
and the pumpkin isn’t tellin’!

©Molly Hogan

#11 sour

Her words sour the air
transform the moment’s
fleeting sweetness
curdle it
like lemon in milk
into a bitter corruption
so sharp and biting
it lingers on the tongue

©Molly Hogan

#12 stuck

Economics in Action

The teacher droned on endlessly 
about wants versus needs.

“Ugh!” Bea thought, “This econ. stuff
is putting me to sleep!

The sun is out and I am stuck
in this most dull of courses.”

So she jammed a finger up her nose
to check her own resources.

Bea didn’t think about it much
just dove into her task,

more invested in her treasure hunt
than in doing well in class.

After intense exploration
she finally withdrew,

content to sit and contemplate
her own gross revenue.

Then casually she licked it off
restoring her good humor

while embodying those econ. terms—
producer and consumer.

©Molly Hogan

This week’s Poetry Friday is hosted by Bridget Magee at her blog, Wee Words for Wee Ones. She, punster extraordinaire, is sharing news of the release of her anthology, 10•10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways. I’m delighted to have a poem included in this anthology and can’t wait to have a copy in my hands. Congratulations, Bridget!

33 thoughts on “PF: More Inktober poems

  1. haitiruth says:

    Hahaha! I like all of them, but I would really love to know what inspired the second…

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  2. Linda Mitchell says:

    Molly, your writing notebook must be so much fun. Someday, I want a peek inside. I love how you find humor in odd places. I’ve been chuckling since the silent melon.

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  3. lindabaie says:

    Oh my, I know a lot of kids from my past who would have adored “stuck”. You mastered ‘econ’ very well in that one, Molly. And I also love “lingers on the tongue” – exactly! I said last week that I needed to check on the prompts – sigh, maybe this coming one!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I enjoy playing around with the prompt words without any commitment to share. I don’t always get to all of them, but I dabble with most. I’d love to see what you do with next week’s!

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  4. Denise Krebs says:

    Wow, Molly! You did a great job on these poems. These are all so great. I love the melon and pumpkin rendezvous and the producer/consumer illustration. (The latter would be a great reading for a high school econ class, I must say.) The lingering curdled conversation is a great reminder of the power of our tongue.

    I’m finding the Inktober words not very inspiring, but I see that inspiration has to come from a different source than just that one word. I’m being re-inspired for next week’s poems. Thank you.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Denise–I can’t believe you said you haven’t been inspired by the Inktober words–your poems were fabulous! I can’t wait to see what you’re up to with next week’s selection.

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  5. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, congratulations on having a poem in Bridget’s new book. I also can’t wait to read the book. Your Stuck poem takes me back to elementary school where the students, mostly boys, stuck their fingers up their nose but I have an even better story: the teacher (a nun) use to do it too and I had a ringside seat trying to dodge the throws. Loved this poem and I am sure that students will too. In fact, all of your poems are humorous.

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  6. Elisabeth says:

    Love the pumpkin poem! The last line made me laugh. #12 is equal parts “lol” and “eew’ – any kid that reads that will remember the meanings of producer and consumer, for sure!

    Thanks for sharing your poem productions with us this week!

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  7. bmagee10 says:

    I ‘pick’ #12 as one of the most hilarious poems about boogers, Molly! I’ll never think about economics the same way again. Thank you for the belly laugh and for being a part of my anthology! It is an honor to share your words with the world. 🙂

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  8. janicescully says:

    I once found a squash in a pumpkin patch. These sort of surprises must be more common than I thought. I like the punch line of your first poem and laughed at the others too. Lot of talk about economics lately!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      The kindergarteners at my school used to share a sweet play about a squash that wound up in a pumpkin patch. I think it was called “The Ugly Pumpkin.” I’m sure you can imagine how it went.

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  9. jama says:

    Your Econ poem is a riot! Thanks for sharing these; you seem to be having too much fun with these prompts. 🙂

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  10. Amy says:

    I love all of your poems! Couldn’t help but laugh at “Stuck” as I also said, “eeeewww!” Lol. I agree with Linda~ I want a peek in your notebook!

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  11. maryleehahn says:

    #12 was truly SNORT-worthy! (Or…snot-worthy?!?!) Plus, that title!!! I’m also crushing on your rhyme of melon and yellin’!

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  12. Dang, Molly–what Mary Lee said! I got a bunch of laughs here; thank you!

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  13. Oh, my! These all are great, Molly! What fun. I laughed out loud at the last one and had to read the sour poem twice….reminds me of a few people I know. Great work on these Inktober poems! And, congratulations on having a poem included in Bridget’s 10 x 10 anthology!

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  14. These are such fun. Very curious about the second. And I feel what Bea felt in the Econ class (which I was lucky to have never taken)

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  15. Karen Edmisten says:

    These three are all so different. #10 is cute and made me chuckle, #11 brought a stab of recognition (don’t we all wish we didn’t recognize such a moment), and #12 made me laugh at its cleverness and then hope I can get the image out of my mind the rest of the day. 😀 Love these, Molly! Inktober is working its magic.

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  16. Looks like your having fun with all here. I really like:
    “so sharp and biting
    it lingers on the tongue”
    Great take on sour and it could have so many layers too… thanks, and for the smiles too Molly!

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