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Eli found Squirrel at the dog park.
Eli loves Squirrel.
Squirrel no longer squeaks. 
Eli removed Squirrel’s squeaker.
He couldn’t help himself.

Howdy, Campers and welcome to my 2012 Poem-A-Day Challenge!¬† Wowee–I can’t believe it’s here again!¬† This means I’ve been writing a poem a day since I took the challenge in April 2010.¬† Two. Whole. Years.¬† Over six hundred poems.

Ask any writer and I’ll bet 98% of us wonder if we deep-down really ARE writers.¬† Writing a poem a day has given me an amazing gift–I no longer doubt that I’m a writer.

This month, all the poems will be DOG POEMS, because the dog park is my new addiction.¬† So, let’s get on with the dog show–arf, arf!


April 13


by April Halprin Wayland

He teaches us
how to cook chicken.

My dog and I
are mesmerized.

Poetry Prompt: I’m going to come out of the closet and say I don’t think I’m the only one who stays up late to watch Chopped.¬† Am I right? And I’m not writing down the recipes.¬† Instead, I’m transfixed by the challenge, the drama, and the extraordinary creativity each chef displays under pressure.¬† It reminds me of the TV show Star Trek…when Scotty only had sixty seconds to save the Enterprise from blowing up.¬† All the contestants drip buckets of sweat–and so do I.¬† Eli pants.

This was originally written as a haiku…with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third.¬† But it just didn’t read right.¬† So I’m calling this a haiku in disguise.

It’s your turn. Is there something you do that you’re just a teeny tiny bit embarrassed to admit?¬† That’s often a good starting point for a compelling story or poem.¬† It’s exactly the thing I don’t want to tell you that hits a nerve with readers.¬† It’s called telling the truth.¬† Tell us the truth in a haiku…or a haiku in disguise.


poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

4 Responses to “TV COOKING SHOW”

  1. Edna says:

    Hi April,
    LOL… I’m a big Chopped fan, myself. Once when I was at a seminar and I was stuck in the hotel room I found myself glued to a Chopped marathon. Is that crazy or what? Hehe
    Love your prompt for a poem. I’ll take you up on it and post it somewhere. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Laura Shovan says:

    So few words, but I can picture the scene, April. We don’t watch Chopped (no cable), but my family also loves cooking shows. Jacques Pepin is our favorite.

  3. Thanks for dropping by, Edna and Laura. I woke up this morning knowing I’d written this ALL WRONG…decided the chicken should be FRIED to rhyme…but then your comments…so I’m leaving it as is…
    Here’s to cyberfriends united by cooking shows!

  4. Ty Lacey says:

    Like all of you people in the comments, I loved Chopped as well.

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