Pineapple [15 words or less poems]

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I often take fruit to potluck gatherings so that I’ll have something healthy to eat (between cupcakes). I love the patterns of pineapples, both the outside and the inside, when I spiral cut them. This image makes me think of:

1) chainmail on a knight
2) a skyscraper built of pineapples
3) 1970s appliances (it’s that green!)

And here’s my?first draft. I decided to do an acrostic with just one word per line. I don’t do them that way very often!

Pineapple Sides

Patterned.
Inside, a
Nautilus.
External
Apparel=
Pointed.
Puckery
Lava
Eruption.

?-Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)??

234 Responses

  1. Natures Cookie Jar

    Art
    golden
    clay
    spinning
    on
    a
    will
    blossom
    hands
    molding
    green
    piney
    bolls
    baked
    in
    sunshine
    sugary
    smile
    treats

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Laura I love the pic and your poem

    1. Jessica, I love the idea of clay spinning on a potter’s wheel with the final product becoming sugary treats.

    2. I like “sugary smile” and your idea of it being formed on a potter’s wheel.

  2. Natures Cookie Jar

    Art
    golden
    clay
    spinning
    on
    a
    will
    blossom
    hands
    molding
    green
    piney
    bolls
    baked
    in
    sunshine
    sugary
    smile
    treats

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Laura I love the pic and your poem

    1. Jessica, I love the idea of clay spinning on a potter’s wheel with the final product becoming sugary treats.

    2. I like “sugary smile” and your idea of it being formed on a potter’s wheel.

  3. My favorite fruit. Love your acrostic, especially nautilus.

    Fractal
    Hexagonal
    Rough, prickly stars
    Open up,
    Shine a
    Golden glow,
    Juicy fruit,
    Grandmother’s brunch.

    –Margaret Simon

    1. Oh, Margaret, just those first three lines are a gorgeous poem unto themselves. I was reading Barbara Juster Esbensen this morning, and those first three lines put me in mind of her. Unexpected words and comparisons, and so sensory!

  4. My favorite fruit. Love your acrostic, especially nautilus.

    Fractal
    Hexagonal
    Rough, prickly stars
    Open up,
    Shine a
    Golden glow,
    Juicy fruit,
    Grandmother’s brunch.

    –Margaret Simon

    1. Oh, Margaret, just those first three lines are a gorgeous poem unto themselves. I was reading Barbara Juster Esbensen this morning, and those first three lines put me in mind of her. Unexpected words and comparisons, and so sensory!

  5. Good morning Laura and all. Such a warm, welcoming picture on this frigid morning. The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality so that, plus your justification for cupcakes, prompts my take.

    Fruit is Good

    Golden
    warm waffles
    await
    slathering with
    bits of green apple
    wallowing
    in peanut butter.

    1. My mouth is literally watering, Martha. I already had cereals, but now I want waffles. Sigh. I’m off to get an apple with PB2. Love your verb of slathering and wallowing. So decadent!

      1. The phrase “- — - — is Good” has a special sentimental meaning for one of my granddaughters. One can substitute anything in the blank. She became weary of waiting on a “crush” to ask her out so she asked him out for a beer after work. His only comment was “beer is good” and the wedding will take place later on this year.

    2. Martha, did you write this before your breakfast? This would make anyone hungry.
      Love it.

  6. Good morning Laura and all. Such a warm, welcoming picture on this frigid morning. The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality so that, plus your justification for cupcakes, prompts my take.

    Fruit is Good

    Golden
    warm waffles
    await
    slathering with
    bits of green apple
    wallowing
    in peanut butter.

    1. My mouth is literally watering, Martha. I already had cereals, but now I want waffles. Sigh. I’m off to get an apple with PB2. Love your verb of slathering and wallowing. So decadent!

      1. The phrase “- — - — is Good” has a special sentimental meaning for one of my granddaughters. One can substitute anything in the blank. She became weary of waiting on a “crush” to ask her out so she asked him out for a beer after work. His only comment was “beer is good” and the wedding will take place later on this year.

    2. Martha, did you write this before your breakfast? This would make anyone hungry.
      Love it.

  7. Quite rude at first
    But look closer
    I’m really
    something
    sweet

    Love the poems today 🙂

    1. Brings to mind the old adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” How appropriate.

  8. Quite rude at first
    But look closer
    I’m really
    something
    sweet

    Love the poems today 🙂

    1. Brings to mind the old adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” How appropriate.

  9. I like that“inside, a nautilus”, Laura. Your picture is so juicy! I like the acrostic-works beautifully this time. They aren’t easy!

    Night Magic

    The pineapple pulls
    stars from the sky,
    wraps itself in a
    taste of heaven.
    Linda Baie ?All Rights Reserved

    1. Linda, I can definitely see the stars on the outside of a pineapple. Taste of heaven is heaven!

  10. I like that“inside, a nautilus”, Laura. Your picture is so juicy! I like the acrostic-works beautifully this time. They aren’t easy!

    Night Magic

    The pineapple pulls
    stars from the sky,
    wraps itself in a
    taste of heaven.
    Linda Baie ?All Rights Reserved

    1. Linda, I can definitely see the stars on the outside of a pineapple. Taste of heaven is heaven!

  11. Pineapple Vortex

    With temperatures
    below zero, wind
    chill worse, an open
    can of pineapple
    substitutes for summer.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. Love your title, Diane. I am sitting here at my kitchen table, shivering. Going for hot tea instead of pineapple, but pineapple could be my mental substitute:>)

      1. Thanks Diane. We began at 5, dropped to 4 and now at 7, actual temp. Thanks for a taste of summer.

  12. Pineapple Vortex

    With temperatures
    below zero, wind
    chill worse, an open
    can of pineapple
    substitutes for summer.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. Love your title, Diane. I am sitting here at my kitchen table, shivering. Going for hot tea instead of pineapple, but pineapple could be my mental substitute:>)

      1. Thanks Diane. We began at 5, dropped to 4 and now at 7, actual temp. Thanks for a taste of summer.

  13. Loved the acrostic!
    I just kept seeing a couple here…

    ?You?re gorgeous in
    that yellow gown!?
    ?And you in your tux,
    let?s paint the town!?

    And Linda B. — Here’s your OLW! Get set to PAINT the New Year!

    1. What a fun approach! They do look like a couple about to make their grand entrance or something!

    2. Is this the same couple in half of said couple was eaten? I saw a before and after image, but took another route.

    3. A different take on the picture. I like how people think of different things from these pictures.

  14. Loved the acrostic!
    I just kept seeing a couple here…

    ?You?re gorgeous in
    that yellow gown!?
    ?And you in your tux,
    let?s paint the town!?

    And Linda B. — Here’s your OLW! Get set to PAINT the New Year!

    1. What a fun approach! They do look like a couple about to make their grand entrance or something!

    2. Is this the same couple in half of said couple was eaten? I saw a before and after image, but took another route.

    3. A different take on the picture. I like how people think of different things from these pictures.

    1. I love all the i sounds. This sounds so…content, somehow. I can see a girl saying this very matter-of-factly, a girl who sees the world as a poem.

    1. I love all the i sounds. This sounds so…content, somehow. I can see a girl saying this very matter-of-factly, a girl who sees the world as a poem.

  15. Nice acrostic, Laura! Puckery is such a fun word!

    Compound Personality

    pine/apple

    pine
    spike-topped
    prickly
    pokey
    off-putting

    apple
    juicy gem
    toothsome trinket
    palatable prize
    sweetheart

    Penny Parker Klostermann

    1. Toothsome trinket…reminds me of teaching first grade and loosing those baby teeth biting into an apple…and then getting the treasure chest from the school nurse to take that trinket home!

    2. I really like this. What a neat idea — separating the compound word and comparing the two parts to personalities. Clever.

  16. Nice acrostic, Laura! Puckery is such a fun word!

    Compound Personality

    pine/apple

    pine
    spike-topped
    prickly
    pokey
    off-putting

    apple
    juicy gem
    toothsome trinket
    palatable prize
    sweetheart

    Penny Parker Klostermann

    1. Toothsome trinket…reminds me of teaching first grade and loosing those baby teeth biting into an apple…and then getting the treasure chest from the school nurse to take that trinket home!

    2. I really like this. What a neat idea — separating the compound word and comparing the two parts to personalities. Clever.

  17. I like your idea of an acrostic poem. I must try that sometime.
    Today I am cutting up a pineapple, so this was a great image for me.

    FRUIT

    Apples, pears,
    oranges, too,
    all especially
    good for you.
    But pineapple bite
    is luscious delight.

      1. Thank you, Linda. I have trouble writing serious things Words keep jingling and bouncing in my brain when I try to write. It’s probably from all those years I spent in the first grade classroom. Ha!

  18. I like your idea of an acrostic poem. I must try that sometime.
    Today I am cutting up a pineapple, so this was a great image for me.

    FRUIT

    Apples, pears,
    oranges, too,
    all especially
    good for you.
    But pineapple bite
    is luscious delight.

      1. Thank you, Linda. I have trouble writing serious things Words keep jingling and bouncing in my brain when I try to write. It’s probably from all those years I spent in the first grade classroom. Ha!

  19. Starfish scuttle
    for a mossy hug
    Points touch
    whispers shared.
    Wave crashes
    sunlight revealed.

    1. I like your phrase “sunlight revealed,” just like the yellow insides of a pineapple.

  20. Starfish scuttle
    for a mossy hug
    Points touch
    whispers shared.
    Wave crashes
    sunlight revealed.

    1. I like your phrase “sunlight revealed,” just like the yellow insides of a pineapple.

  21. Love the acrostic, Laura, and the way your words stack up like pineapple slices! Lots of great images to enjoy in this morning’s poems.

    Forget the Kale

    Strawberry,
    blueberry,
    pineapple,
    ice.…

    gooseberry?
    blackberry?
    cinnamon’s
    nice.

    Blend, sip, smile!

  22. Love the acrostic, Laura, and the way your words stack up like pineapple slices! Lots of great images to enjoy in this morning’s poems.

    Forget the Kale

    Strawberry,
    blueberry,
    pineapple,
    ice.…

    gooseberry?
    blackberry?
    cinnamon’s
    nice.

    Blend, sip, smile!

  23. She entered bristly,
    sharp tongued and scared,
    but sweetened up
    when she realized we cared.

    1. Yes, I can see the “sharp tongues.”
      I like your comparison to a person.

  24. She entered bristly,
    sharp tongued and scared,
    but sweetened up
    when she realized we cared.

    1. Yes, I can see the “sharp tongues.”
      I like your comparison to a person.

  25. Thick Skin

    Prickly skin hides
    Sweet inside
    Like a spinster waiting for
    Someone to unlock her smile

    1. A different transition from a rough exterior to the jewel inside. Who knew a pineapple could trigger such a variety of thoughts. Good job Marian.

    2. I like the way you started this — “prickly skin hides sweet inside.”
      Nice.

    3. Love this ‘bittersweet’ tale, your different look at the pineapple. I may never look at one the same again after today!

  26. Thick Skin

    Prickly skin hides
    Sweet inside
    Like a spinster waiting for
    Someone to unlock her smile

    1. A different transition from a rough exterior to the jewel inside. Who knew a pineapple could trigger such a variety of thoughts. Good job Marian.

    2. I like the way you started this — “prickly skin hides sweet inside.”
      Nice.

    3. Love this ‘bittersweet’ tale, your different look at the pineapple. I may never look at one the same again after today!

  27. Algae-slicked,
    Sharp barbed with barnacle
    The rusty hulk
    Hulled,
    Revealing
    Gold.

  28. Algae-slicked,
    Sharp barbed with barnacle
    The rusty hulk
    Hulled,
    Revealing
    Gold.

  29. Love your acrostic, Laura!

    Fingers caress length and breadth
    Braille treasure map
    Entry denied without a fight.
    Knife?

  30. Love your acrostic, Laura!

    Fingers caress length and breadth
    Braille treasure map
    Entry denied without a fight.
    Knife?

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