Where One Potato Leads

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #214 – “Your Number’s Up”

What do numbers have to do with poetry, you ask? We use meter and rhythm to pace our poems. We count syllables in Fibonacci and Haiku/Senryu/Boketto. We number 14 lines in a sonnet. But that’s still not the point. Again with phrases and compound words, we will find our inspiration in the inclusion of numbers.

Think in Numeric Poetics and secure your title. Examples? Two-by-Two, A Hole in One, Three Times a Lady, 76 Trombones … That is the basis of our poems this week. Think of a phrase with a number connotation and write your numeric poem. You do the math, or your number’s up!

One potato, two potato,
baked potatoes, four.
Best stick to one,
resist having more.
If you eat eight,
it just won’t do.
In the three-legged race
friends can’t count on you.
In two for the see-saw
you’d leave a pal stranded.
It is just gravity’s law,
not like you planned it.
One potato, two potato,
baked potatoes, four.
Have a salad instead,
save room for S’mores.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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5 Responses to Where One Potato Leads

  1. Marie Elena says:

    What a fun poem, Sara! And the beat is just great and moves it right along, making it all the more fun. Love it!


  2. Oh! Just as I’ve started Paleo! Fun one, Sara.


  3. MYRNA ZACH says:

    ah. but those potatoes

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