orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to comfort food

March 29, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

wrap a poem in a protective leaf.

jong bamboo blankets
credit: belvin louie

ode to comfort food

when cannisters explode remember: bamboo
sword of peace strong as pliable prayer bowl
cups sweet rice chinese sausage bacon
peanuts shrimp moist as toisan nights
you are to new year as tamale leaf is to navidad

when fury frothes remember: lotus
frog oasis round as universe
embraces sticky rice chicken mushrooms
imparts fragrance temple gardens
calms beast within easy as baby finding his thumb

when crowd breaks into run remember: sesame
serrated hands returning wave to squids
drying beside you from clotheslines
you are farmer’s fast food wrapped around rice bite
soaked with soy garlic you are kimchee’s fleetest feet

cradle orchid cradle

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to tissue

March 11, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

write a poem to wound repair

chard repair kit
photo: mcylouie

ode to tissue

after macrophage & fibroblast

big mac me first responders     /slip beneath yellow tape
bright light blue skills     /nights deep into deed
cavern mouth devour death     /stoop shoulders
debris bacto patho crabs     /second explosion cast nets
suck out sickness     /filament transpacific cable strong
i am wound’s bottomfeeder    /venus my embrace
healer’s epidermis helper    /secrete collagen cast nectar
seven month season green    /layer after layer cross wound
spleen let blood collagen     /beds knit membrane basement
clot cascade fire     /muscle enough to massage
vessels dilate pain’s veins     /mesophyll fishnet stockings
let angry scar beehive     /spiderqueen longing
retire neutrophils clear ground     /thread textile looms
for fibroblasts & endothelials    /who knows when to step down
amoeba walkathon     /i am grief spinning veil
over sorrow’s wasteland     /hiding tender new you

lace orchid lace

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to four friends

February 28, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

write a poem to a pair, trio, quartet or lucky number of friends.

Pungmul players, Dano Festival, Kangnung, Korea 2009
photo credit: mcylouie

ode to four friends

for jamae sori & kycc & ieumsae

at summer’s end twilight rests easy
round cornstalks. dragonflies lift off
leaf helipads. ribbons in five directions
colors festoon halmoni village tree

jing woongs surround sound. embraces
villagers inside concentric circle fields
nodding heads with grain glory.
pumpkin pride. tomato red redemption

jangku ki-daks hourglass sexy undulates
paths dusty with joy & sorrow’s footsteps.
we seeds of farmers past. eggplants
blushing indigo sins of fathers

buk du-dungs rolling thunder. lightening
lover’s ecstasy. sudden electric expanse
of sky. peasant road music to trod sod
seasons. marchers to dance urban arteries

kwaengari ji-kaengs heaven sori.
reddens firefly nights. plumps sticky
rice gratitude. frees leaf brown hands
to open poetry’s veins

accompany orchid accompany

note: for the basics about these instruments & style of music see wiki. see professor donna kwon for analysis of the development of this music among korean diaspora in the us. see ieumsae for oakland ca’s pungmul revival.

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to bedtime stories

February 10, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

flash a story in a stanza.

rabbits to earth
photo credit: mcylouie

ode to bedtime stories

1.
too bad, says rabbit to dragon king of sea, i left my liver
for your elixir home. hold up a sec & i’ll be back 
before you can say ‘hippity hop.’ dragon squints.
like it takes time to fire up his seaweed brain.

2.
chang’e returns to window, pulls aside silk curtain.
sighs to earth floating dreamily in midnight sky. why
did we leave him behind, rabbit, why?

3.
a 10-spud family lives underground. their dirt-for-dinner is
ruined by lovers screaming their eyes off two yams overhead.
shut up! yells halaboji. or get a damn motel room! but
horny howls dive deep into the dirt. driving leaves to kamikaze
from trees. rob roots of rest. spoil cloud ear taichi pose
of rabbits & morning commute of bears.

4.
shring! yi holds his fist open against his cheek for half a breath.
damn you! screams three-legged crow spinning earth’s 9th sun
into fiery nosedive. yi pumps his fist. down to one sun
earth ends its sentence as hot skillet. i can take off these
stinking boots. yi grins. maidens will flock singing my name.
chang’e & i will drink elixir to palace on moon. he teletexts her.
coming home, woman. famished. get my dinner ready.
moon shudders. no one answers.

rabbit orchid rabbit

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to light’s lover

February 1, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

capture a gesture. 

petal & leaf wave photo credit: belvin louie

petal & leafhood
photo credit: belvin louie

ode to light’s lover

her leafness rotates upon
supple stalk miss chinatown

wave subtle her upturned
face follows arc of sun god’s

caress across heavens
make food not war, children

in photosynthesis finish
before workers sweep

away firecracker tailings
of moon merriment

wrist orchid wrist

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to village musicians

January 24, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

write to a skill developed through crisis–or write a poet’s job description.

monkey's magenta mind photo credit: mcylouie

monkey’s magenta mind
photo credit: mcylouie

ode to village musicians

—after li changgeng*

poet day laborers sing your grief pitch perfect. we start as unpaid child performers shrieking from organ grinder’s shoulder during family fights. we wail louder than the belt across our backs. distract disaster down storm drains. throw voices upside heads. dance the monkey grind.

i rant/ you rave. year after year until its clear. how to mule this mofo called sorrow. without crashing and ashing out. we work the crowd. pass hat. slap backs. pick banana pockets. growl da ancestors dis/ da ancestors dat/ da ancestors dis-n-dat.

we sleep one eye stuttery. rant one lip twitchy. howl one beat short of werewolf fur. we bang coffins sealed in folly. get free card: protect without smother. entertain without flatter. practice. practice. practice. single wail that rickshaws spirit straight through gate–comes only after 10,000 rehearsals. expect mania. capture its arc.

we drama queens & court jesters. sockfoot prophets & straight-up fools. your loss is our bread-n-butter. rice-n-kimchee. rubber neckers? maybe. grief vultures? mos def. we promise to make your funeral one villagers will rave about. long after you’ve butterflied into single red leaf dancing atop maple tree.

howl orchid howl

Note: See professional mourner & musician Li Changgeng’s interview in The Corpse Walker: Real-Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up by Liao Yiwu.

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to stomata

January 14, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

follow the flow.

mouthy guards photo credit: mcylouie

green’s guardians
photo credit: mcylouie

ode to stomata

labia guard dogs
we check gas light
water bonafides

every inch underside
eve’s apple leaf
we 99,000 amazons

conspire sun
inspire osmosis
transpire dream
of a moist planet

swollen vulva sentries
we greet sailors
welcome fleet week

come night we eve
darkside underbrella
dodge dust toss drunks
thwart premature vaporization

no sun no sin no thesis
no foto finish
no gassed swabbies

only chloroplast
only chorusgirl
only deep sleep
only baby mouth

millions suckling silver
side of your green
you say tomato
i say stomata

pucker orchid pucker

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to chloroplasts

January 6, 2017 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

celebrate a miracle worker.

green scene image: mcylouie

green scene
image: mcylouie

ode to chloroplasts

lift elf hands
praise sky
drink purple sunfire
unshackle oxygen
squirrel sugar

eat charcoalmaker’s footprints
wizard up warmth of suns past
breathe belly trance

unfist lungs liberate dinosaur dna
serenade ten thousand cellos
secret organelles in folds fernbeds
blow open veins jazzy planet rio

maker orchid maker

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to new crops

December 12, 2016 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

revisit a survival tip you learned—that could save you now.

tiger song credit: belvin louie

tiger choir
photo credit: belvin louie

ode to new crops

back pocket oakland chinatown
shaolin master yao teaches
qigong beginners
to make mudra circle
over dantian field
two fingers below navel
where qi furnace blazes
“draw energy thru
circle to feed qi”

may dreamscapers
draw love thru circle
to protect & multiply
stoke qi furnace until
bones hum iron dragons
brave famine years
shelter seedling faith
create furiously
outlast armageddon

replenish orchid replenish

orchid odes poetry prompts – ode to tent

December 2, 2016 No Comments Miriam Uncategorized

orchid odes poetry prompts

pistil poetry prompt:

consider the sparest of habitats and those who lodge within.

hulan's rain roof image: mcylouie

hulan’s rain roof
image: mcylouie

ode to tent

you are cape luckless wear under roofless
skies envying brother sheep’s beard come
first snow in mud rain you squat bullfrog

defiant stretching across exile ocean with
thatched dreams of home. center pole
braced with last brick starter yeast that

survived flight. children race round flying
redbird high to fight for flour & salt sacks
flung from bellies relief trucks mama

rubs sacks soft as dresses & shirts that she
will sew patch pretty where refugee years
wink holes thru you save one big sister

covers clear plastic bottle so polestar can
plant maps in dreams to leave purgatory
of tattered capes & unfurl green leaf new

shelter orchid shelter

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