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Cheese Poetry: Read Your Labels Poetry Prompt


Read Your Labels

“A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over sophisticated. Yet it remains, cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality.” —Clifton Fadiman

Poetry Prompt:

Read your labels with creativity in mind.

Go to your refrigerator. Look at the back label on a package of cheese. Pick out a few interesting words from the label and jot them down. Craft a poem using the words you’ve gathered.

If there’s (tragically) no cheese in the icebox, find one food item that pairs nicely with cheese and create a poem from that label instead.

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s prompt. Here’s a haiku from Elizabeth that we fancied:

Still Life: Nuts and Cheese

Edible art, still
I want to stand, stare at your
Beauty, I am torn

—by Elizabeth Marshall


Featured photo by El Gran Dee. Creative Commons License via Flickr. Post by Heather Eure.




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2 Comments so far

  1. Havarti in the Highest

    Is it the way the word rolls off the tongue
    that delights the senses even before
    the cheese is chosen? I’ll have Havarti,
    I tell this deli sous chef, his knife poised
    for a lasting imprint on the block
    of buttery goodness about to climax
    my roast beef sub. Danish
    slices topping 100% purebred
    American Angus, garnished with dark
    brown English mustard. My taste buds
    jealously watch the wheat roll warming,
    the cheese bonding and bubbling
    while my ears ring with “Havarti!”

  2. Off-the-block culture
    layered with passion, melting
    in your Sunday wrap.

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