Written for dVerse Poets Pub: Poetics: “Secret Ingredient” (posted by Gospel Isosceles)
“Thus far we’ve looked at secret ingredients within the context of recipes, as that is how we usually apply them. However, in our prompt let us venture away from the edible and add our own personal touches to a form. Without giving away any secrets, think about a form you feel confident in — sonnet, free verse, golden shovel, ode, ghazal, cinquain, etc. — and perhaps add a pinch or splash of something uniquely your own, not usually found within chosen form. Think subtle, but noticeable. Perhaps be particular with word choice to hint at the hidden undertones. Or overtones.”
She pinched him
and he cried out, Ow!
You know this
Yes, I’ve suffered toothaches, and
a pinch of clove works.