Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "In Praise of the Potato" by David Williams


Potato, sojourner north, first sprung
from the flanks of volcanoes, plainspoken kin

to bright chili and deadly nightshade,
sleek eggplant and hairy tobacco,

we could live on you alone if we had to,
and scorched-earth marauders never bothered you much.

I love you because your body's a stem,
your eyes sprout, and you're not in the Bible,

and if we did not eat your strength,
you'd drive it up, into a flower.

--David Williams

41 comments:

Joe Cap said...

Where do you find those quotes? Now I am a potato expert.
I enjoy potatoes immensely.
Why does the plural have 'es' at the end? (Or maybe I am just mis-spelling it, although the automatic spell checker here wants to add the 'es' for potatoes AND tomatoes).
And for that matter, the spell-checker also wants to add 'es' at the plural for volcanoes...Go figure.
Nice pic, by the way, I know you took it yourself.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Make mine baked potato soup, please.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

A potato has as much potassium as a banana. I read that in a magazine ad. Poor potatoes, having to have magazine ads to win people back.

For me, I like them best mashed.

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

Oh, Bet! Your posts will NEVER cease to amaze me!

I ate potato for lunch today, so I am praising it, too! I love my food!

Madi and Mom said...

OH my word BB who knew there was a poem dedicated to the spud? Not I!!!

Hilarious Mom and I love our potatoes with lots of Brummel Brown margarine on them...no trans fats thank you. Yep you read that right I, Madi, like potatoes. My motto is if it is good enough for Mom it is good enough for Madi. Mom says I'm a dog in a cat's body.

Madi and Mom

Eternally Distracted said...

I can't live without them but my waistline wishes I could!!

Old Kitty said...

yay for the Potato!!! It's a staple, ancient and humble but awesome and completely egalitarian!

Love the poem!! Thank you BB!!
Take care
x

Christina Lee said...

Oh yeah--lurve me some potatoes (sweet potatoes too).

baygirl32 said...

Such a versatile veg, no wonder there is a poem about it... why are so many blogs making me hungrey lately? stupid diet

The Empress said...

You had me at potato....

Georgina Dollface said...

I love potatoes and potaaahtoes. Who would'a thunk someone could write a poem about spuds that sounded like something Donne would write. Cool. - G

Baby Sister said...

Oh wow that's awesome!

I love potatoes!!

Falen (Sarah) said...

mmmm i LOVE me some taters. We're growing reds in our garden and a leaf pile. i can't wait until we can eat them

Stephen Tremp said...

Your bio is a riot. We have just that crazy cat lady in our neighborhood too. LOL! I plan to be that grouchy old man who yells at the kids to turn their music down.

Stephen Tremp

Betty Manousos said...

Love this poem and potatoes is one of my favourite food.
Happy Tuesdaay!
B xx

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love potatoes. I wish I could write a poem about them. One of my saddest days--when I had to give them up because of my blood sugar.
Mary

Brian Miller said...

smiles. nice verse...not familiar with that one...love me some potatoes though, spiced in the cast iron for breakfast...mmm....

Marlene said...

Hairy tobacco! *snort*

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't believe I've ever read potato poetry before!

Pat Tillett said...

I love that poem!
I also love me some taters...

blueviolet said...

That makes me feel a tad guilty for munching on it when all it wanted was to grow into a flower. But they're so good!

Ann said...

mmmm I love potatoes. I like them baked, mashed, boiled, fried or even made into chips. I think a dish of mashed potatoes with gravy would be good right now.

My Kateness said...

I cannot read anything about potato-love without thinking of this wonderful song and video, which we say, in our house, should be my husband's theme song because to him, a meal is not complete unless it includes potatoes. See it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uLUVI3Y0q0

Pat said...

I swear it looks like that one potato is smiling!

I LOVE potatoes!

faye said...

Fried ,boiled, grilled,roasted..
any way you want to fix em, I will
eat them...

On the way to the beach , I pass
Spuds florida.. have to drive by
the potato fields and those huge trucks... and watch out for the
spuds falling off the truck.

Copyboy said...

Earthy 'n elegant!

BECKY said...

Hey! I love taters, too! Any kind! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I'm a new follower of yours now, too! :)

Jimmy said...

I like em all fried up with onions :)

Sarah said...

I didn't know they were from volcano land. They taste good however we cook them. Unassuming and useful stuff.

Ca88andra said...

I do like potatos! Baked potatos for dinner tonight.

Daisy said...

What a neat poem! Mashed potatoes are my favorites. :)

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Oh, I love the ode to the potato! What natural food deserves more applause? I too could live on it. And bonus, it's not in the Bible!

Julie said...

Why, oh why will not one of my boys eat potatoes. It's so sad!

slommler said...

Very cool and I love potatoes too!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you liked my potato poem. Some of your readers might be interested to know it's from my poetry collection TRAVELING MERCIES, published by Alice James Books, 1993. -David Williams

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Arab girl said...

It is an excellent poem and I l'îked when u said "potatoe is not mentioned in thé bible .is it writing back to thé center?

Arab girl said...

In praise of thé potatoe is à poem that symbolises arab food ,thus the arab identity .it is written by david williams ,an arab american poet.arab american poets use food as a symbole of their identity and also in order to remeber their home land and to préservé their culture and héritage.