This is a poem
Because I say it is
And I’ve devoured enough words
To recognise a poem when I taste one.
Which is not to say
That all poems taste alike.
There’s a glorious variety,
Something for everyone.
Some poems are spicy,
Spiked with bold words, burning metaphors.
(Maybe too hot to handle –
Can you stomach them?)
Some are sweet on the tongue,
Honeyed phrases, sugar-coated lines.
Watch out for the ones which hide
A bitter centre.
Some are as simple as bread and butter,
Others a full banquet of rhyme and alliteration,
Of complex flavours and exotic allusions.
It’s not a matter of better or worse
But which best suits your appetite.
This is a poem –
Taste it and see.
Notes: The prompt discussed meta-poems – which are poems about poems – “… today I’d like to challenge you to try your hand at a meta-poem of your own.” It’s something I’ve tackled in various forms previously, including this one: https://flutterbynapowrimo.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/2016-day-19-how-to-write-safe-poetry/