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Cheese Poetry: The Cheesiest Poetry Prompt


The Cheesiest

In popular culture, the word cheesy is not always about the fromage. It pulls us back to the funny and sometimes cringe-worthy moments of our past.

Cheesy can be defined as: informal, cheap, unpleasant, or blatantly inauthentic.
A big cheesy grin. Cheesy motel rooms.

We’ve seen it, we’ve experienced it, and sometimes… we’ve been it.

No one is immune to the cheese.

Poetry Prompt:

Think back and write a poem about the cheesiest moment you can remember.Take a spin on a tacky ride at a county fair. Laugh with friends over a B-movie. Wear the awful tie you were given years ago. Or listen again, to that dreadful pickup line: “Hey, I lost my number, can I have yours?”

Write your poem in the present— as if it’s happening right now. Use vibrant words and neon-colored imagery.


Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is part of a poem, a remembrance of childhood lunchtime, from Richard:

that grilled cheese is the one thing
a kid ought to find, sliced from
corner to corner,
with a pickle on the side.
Chicken soup is OK,
when you’ve been sick with the flu,
but I been out back with some
pretty bad dudes, like rustlers,
robbers and all evil forces,
with a gun made of wood
and brooms for my horses.
—by Richard Maxson


Featured photo by Luca Nebuloni. Creative Commons License via Flickr. Post by Heather Eure.




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9 Comments so far

  1. That poem by Richard is awesome. I think one of my all-time favorites.


  2. Laura Brown says:

    This really happened.

    Too Cool to Be Cheesy

    At restaurant,
    I bite the ends
    off cornbread
    sticks, stand
    them upright.
    I pronounce.
    “That’s corny,
    Mom!” daughter
    says — then
    claps a hand
    over her own
    horrified mouth.

  3. Chicken soup. Ha! Thinking Richard would have preferred cowboy stew. And wouldn’t a really tough guy eat that sandwich with all corners intact? ;)

  4. Thanks for posting my poem. Sandra, I’m one of those Cowboys like Sugarfoot, but instead of a volume of the law, I might have a copy of Leaves of Grass.:)

  5. gassingon says:

    Oh cheese
    you are so pretty
    you everything I long
    I really want to eat you up
    tell me is this wrong?

  6. gassingon says:

    Oh cheese
    you are so pretty
    you’re everything I long
    I really want to eat you up
    tell me is this wrong?


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