Recipe for Disaster–dVerse Meeting the Bar


Photo: asiadestination.com

Photo: asiadestination.com

If you stopped by to read my poem for dVerse Poetics, you will find it here: https://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-trees/

Recipe for Disaster for Meeting the Bar

Before beginning,
gather all necessary ingredients
as listed in your political platforms.

1.
Divide them into two
unequal parts
then toss into an iron-clad pot.

2.
Stir to maximum dissension
over a slow heat
then reduce the temperature to a simmer.

3.
As soon as logic has dissolved
empty the contents
into a large bowl
and discard any solution.

4.
Knead and flatten what remains
before submitting
to a vote.

5.
Be sure to scramble
the Mess-age
thoroughly
before serving
to the media and masses.

6.
Recess the senate
and leave it to someone else
to clean up after you.

Photo: outfront.com

Photo: outfront.com

I was browsing through a cookbook last night and the verbs popped out at me, so that’s where I went for today’s poem written for dVerse Meeting the Bar where I’m the bartender today. The prompt is to use verbs as a tool to liven up your work. I hope you will join us. The doors will open at 3:00 PM EST. I’ll be a bit late to join in since I have a hot date with the hubby. Hope they don’t dock my pay! 

I’ve italicized verbs AND words derived from verbs. Cookbooks are full of them.

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48 thoughts on “Recipe for Disaster–dVerse Meeting the Bar

  1. Maggie Grace says:

    So true and clever.

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  2. shanyns says:

    Tasty. And cool. Well done!

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  3. Akila says:

    a satirical recipe i must say! 🙂

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  4. This is clever, and oh so accurate!

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  5. Terrific satire and seems to describe perfectly the present situation with our coalition government here in the UK.

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  6. vidya says:

    yes, recipe for disaster indeed and so uniquely presented..

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  7. ImeldaImelda says:

    This is a witty satire. 🙂

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  8. Lindy Lee says:

    Basic recipe for politics pie; very clever, indeed; good write…

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  9. Politics and cooking is like love and marriage….goes together like a horse and carriage:)

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  10. Abhra Pal says:

    Very very interesting effect at that Victoria – the blend is so perfect, couldn’t have been a better take at it.

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  11. vbholmes says:

    I think the first thing we should do is cut the ingredients in half–maybe then the concoction wouldn’t boil over so frequently. Great idea for your successful poem, Victoria. Also, thanks for a prompt that is helpful as well as challenging.

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  12. A perfect & clever illustration of your prompt & premise, Victoria; really enjoyed the juxtaposition of politics & cooking; no passive voice for you.

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  13. wolfsrosebud says:

    yes… recipes are filled with them

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  14. margaret says:

    Well – I think we have always been politically divided – it is the pride in our country that seems to have gone astray – so many people think living elsewhere is better, that the Constitution is “antiquated”. Of course, the media does little to help as they are so biased (every one, not just lib or con)

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  15. janu says:

    Loved this.

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  16. Raven Spirit says:

    I love this – it is really clever!

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  17. Ella says:

    How clever, I love your prompt and am off to gather action! Thank you for hosting~ I also love the turn

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  18. SallyJ says:

    I love poems that have a turn – great.

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  19. Jamie Dedes says:

    Clever. Big smiles here. 🙂

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  20. billgncs says:

    good political satire, I suppose if one desires immortality become a law, they never seem to go away.

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  21. Steph says:

    Oh my.. this is perfect! Creative, well thought out and so, so true.. particularly stanza 5. I like it very much!

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  22. Bodhirose says:

    So clever…enjoyed this very much. And I agree…a recipe for disaster…chillingly real I’m afraid.

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  23. kaykuala says:

    It’s no more a recipe but a gem especially with emphasis on all the verbs. Brilliant write Victoria and thanks for hosting!

    Hank

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  24. This is so very clever, i once read something similar for marriage sadly i burnt my mix….enjoyed this very much well done.

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  25. janehewey says:

    the Mess-age! So cleverly constructed, Victoria. I love the energy behind this poem. Using a cookbook … brilliant.

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  26. Oh goodness Vick – how clever you are – I loved this – cooking and politics what a mix – Loved the mess-age, as usual I am impressed.

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  27. the perfect recipe for the disaster our political system has become…boy they could use a few verbs in DC to get things done.

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  28. Grace says:

    How fun & clever to use the baking/cooking as verbs & turn it into a political poem ~ Thanks for the inspiration & encouragement Victoria ~

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  29. hypercryptical says:

    Ah this is perfect – politics to a T!
    Anna :o]

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  30. PRINCIPLE

    It’s better to
    adherence do
    than making rule
    creating fool.

    *smile*

    ·:| † |:·

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  31. naramalone says:

    Oh I really loved this. Clever and great use of verbs. I’m pissed off too.

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  32. Mama Zen says:

    This is simply outstanding.

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  33. coalkissed says:

    Very clever! I liked how you accented the verbs. You gave me quite the challenge with this prompt. I need to work on using “active verbs” more in my writing. Thank you for the poem and your prompt 🙂

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  34. So clever how you’ve combined food and politics and come up with your own recipe.

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  35. kkkkaty1 says:

    I live this Victoria, I can almost smell the filibuster…and I like that you used Jane’s poem as an example, too, of using a modest amount of effective verbs..

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  36. Food and Politics: Two things I spend a lot of time discussing with others and you weaved such a recipe here which rung the bell of unhealthy greasiness of it. Well thought. Crisp writing.
    -HA

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  37. Therin Knite says:

    I like how combined the recipe idea and political message. Great work!

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  38. brian miller says:

    haha…i like…i love political poems…and yes, our nation is so divided politically and for such various reasons as well…all about what is important to me…and so decisive there is little opportunity to come together….nice texture to this in using a recipe….

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  39. lupitatucker says:

    I think that your recipe for disaster is a great way to poke criticism at political parties in a novel way. Very cool idea Victoria!

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  40. Gabriella says:

    Thanks for the tasty words you dished out for us to savor. Political recipes seem to be very similar wherever one lives!

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  41. Bryan Ens says:

    very clever recipe…and I’m looking forward to participating in today’s challenge!!

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  42. alan1704 says:

    :Love the poem and all those good thing, but my confession is that i adore vanilla, i live vanilla in all sweet things. Nicely done.

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  43. That title is great. Reflects my opinion of politics and politicians!

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  44. This seems the same everywhere.. and then you can always make the whole experience be a matter of vanilla or strawberry icecream for dessert… Thank you for the idea.. I will try to figure out something… hmmm

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  45. Mary says:

    This recipe seems all too familiar. Unfortunately it, or one of its variations, is way too commonly used. Way too often the ‘mess-age’ seems to be scrambled. I wish there would be some more palatable variation! Smiles.

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  46. claudia says:

    ha – that is surely an excellent recipe for disaster…and i bet it’s foolproof…ugh… wonderful idea to use those cookbook verbs… i love cookbooks…i love cooking…but the good things…smiles… happy thursday…looking forward to when the prompt goes up later tonight

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