Mudpie Poetry

Mudpie Poetry I and II

I wrote both of these poems on the same day. Mudpie Poetry I is intended for adult poets (or wannabe poets).  I am also working on a book of poetry for children, so adapted Mudpie Poetry for a younger audience and call it Mudpie Poetry II. Enjoy! And happy eating -- I mean, reading!

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Mudpie Poetry I

Sometimes

The purest poems

Are those unfettered

by convention

Rhyme schemes

And meters

Who needs ‘em?

Wisdom flows

Out the mouth of babes

Who know not

What they say rings true

Find that childlike voice

Tell her it’s ok

To play with her words!

Color it freeform

Outside the lines

Blurt it out

Edit free

You can clean up the grammar

The spelling and syntax

Later

…. Or not

If it doesn’t delight,

Poke it with your pen

Pat it with your palm

You’ll know

When it’s done

When it’s just exuberant enough

To flit off the page

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Mudpie Poetry II

 

Go out in your yard

And dig up some words

 

Big, fat, juicy words

 

Toss ‘em together

And see how they sound

 

Do they rhyme?

Every time?

 

Now move ‘em around

Into lines

Short or long

 

It’s your poem

You can add

Or subtract

 

Ideas as you wish

 

Dip in your pen

Take a quick listen

 

If it doesn’t sound right

Mix till it’s silky

Pat it down smooth

 

You’ll know when it’s done

when the words

bake together

and slide off your tongue

 

© Copyright 2009 Mighty Mom. All rights reserved.

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Comments 56 comments

Randy Behavior profile image

Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

This should take the fear out of poetry for many! Enjoyed this MM. :)


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Why thank you, dear RB. I am having a heckuva time with the photos. The poetry is easy. The photo capsules -- that's my fear! Thanks for visiting. MM


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

This is really cool, I love how you associate a poem with an actual mudpie. Plus those desserts look yummy and heart stopping.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks, Wesley. You are invited to come over for mudpie (the dessert kind) anytime! MM


lyricsingray 7 years ago

I love the line - allow her to pay with her words-these are fantastic-Thanks!!!!!!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

This is very nice and thoughtful Mighty Mom! Yes indeed, who needs rules??? The best words and poetry sometimes don't follow foot or rules... Well said.


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Great hub!!! I'm sure it will inspire many to try their hand at it. Thank you.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Nicely done.

All the best with the book.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

MM your poems are as sweet as the images that accompany them. I really enjoy these, and kudos on the book writing! Continue to share your brilliance with the world!


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

This is exactly where it's at! Excellent MM!


ralwus 7 years ago

I like mudpie poetry. Let's play in the mud now hun, you and I.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

@MM: Love both of these. They are so fun to read...I read them out loud several times. I especially like the last four lines in Mudpie Poetry II....charming..... Thanks for sharing

"...You'll know when it’s done,

when the words

bake together

and slide off your tongue"


pgrundy 7 years ago

Awesome MM. Now I want some mud pie! :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Instead of Mudpie Poetry, I would have went with Stir-Fry Poetry :P Oh well, different strokes for different folks, right? LOL

This is awesome, MM. I believe that I had some of the best teachers a guy could have growing up. I was always met with encouragement and given autonomy to write to my heart's content. I wrote hundreds of poems between middle school and college and for the life of me, I don't know where many of them are :( Oh well, they weren't that great anyway...I did sell one in 7th grade for $5 however!


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

wow, when is the book coming out?

love it


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Welcome all to my sandbox! Everyone gets a watering can and we'll all make mudpies. Doesn't that sound fun?

Thanks for the encouragement on my book. Will deff let HP know when (more like "if") it gets published.

Dohn -- so why don't you write stir fry poetry?

I'm really blown away at the comments. Hub Pages rocks with the coolest writers on the planet! Hey -- that may become another poem... stay tuned!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

These are really good, looking forward to the book.


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Love the poems and pictures…Takes me back to fun and carefree times---Oh, if only!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks Freta and Nancy!Fun and carefree times... ah, yes!


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

I'll be right over with the kids...


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I'm terrible at poetry

I can't even rhyme with a tree.

So I will quit now,

Cause I don't know how!

Nice peotry MM. LIke I say, I am not a poetry nut. But I do like some Poe, more for the story line.

Keep on hubbing!


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Ellen Karman 7 years ago from medina, Ohio

Dear MM, I too enjoyed how you used a tangable item (obviously mud) and made a poem; a poem where you can't go wrong and if you do, you start over. I see a third element in this beautiful poem - or I should say, it said to me "a recipe for life -words one could live by." Thank you. I enjoyed it very much.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Advisor4qb, you and the kids are most welcome anytime!

Eovery -- I'm a HUGE Poe fan too!!! LOVE HIM!

Ellen - Thank you. Recipe for life. I like that! And yes, life is MESSY!


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jiberish 7 years ago from florida

How lovely. Very Nice!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey Sumon6 -- So where's your hub about Poe's writing then? LOL. Glad to have another friend of the dark one here on HP.

Jiberish -- Great to see you as always. Believe it or not, these poems were NOT inspired by any mud slinging on the Forums -:). Cheers! Mm


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

This is awesome and what a brill idea for a book! :)


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Ellen Karman 7 years ago from medina, Ohio

Dear Mighty Mom, I came across this Hub thing as I'll call it because I don't know enough about it but knew enough that I wanted to be involved. I've been writing poetry since the winter of my 11th or 12th birthday. Was an English Major at the University of New Hampshire - then got married, had two girls, which started me back writing short stories as they were my muses. Stuff that was published in our local paper in up state NY when we lived there 8 years ago. I now am in Ohio and my 19 year old is a freshman at Akron University and the 15 year old is in 10th grade. But we have a horse farm and for 8 years I raised alpacas and had many articles published in farming magazines, Alpaca News Today, and I'm also a photographer. Also an avid reader which I truely believe the more you read the better you write. AND YES LIFE IS MESSY! And in your poem it was so refreshing to be reminded that noone ever said we couldn't start over. I started my profile around 11 pm or after and I'm going to finish and ad some of my poems. Thanks for responding to my comment on your poem. I love it


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s -- Thanks for the very kind comment.

Ellen -- Looking forward to reading all about these wonderful experiences of yours. Welcome. And glad you liked my poem!


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

MM this is just lovely! I look forward to reading more of your exuberant words.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks,RedElf--Exuberant is one of my favorite words!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks,RedElf--Exuberant is one of my favorite words!


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Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Nice. I think your book will be a hit.


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osws_bluemoon 7 years ago

Loved both of your Mudpie poems. Thanks for sharing them here.


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SoftCornHippo 7 years ago

was looking for poetry - got to your site

thanks for the advise - kids do say poetry

without even trying

well, gotta go now - keep up the good work!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello SCH, Thanks for visiting my mudpile. Will see you later out and about. I can bring some mudpie poems for tea if you like! MM


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

When I was five I did taste a mud pie, but immediately spit it out. I was pretty adventurous as a child though, and I also sampled cat and dog food. Kids can definitely drive their parents crazy at that age I am sure. Playing in the mud is so much fun, but I did slip back wards running through a mud puddle and I ended up fracturing my arm. Do not run through the mud kids :). Lovely poems on the subject Mighty Mom.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

BadCo -- Ha ha. Good un! Or, I should say, very punny. Ha ha.

SP -- That's a darling story about you as a kid. I just bet you were into EVERYTHING! Still are -- sometimes you just can't help but get down in the "mud" in the forums! Some habits from childhood never go away, eh? Thanks for visiting.


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Lgali 7 years ago

another excellent poetry


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Lgali, you are an angel. Thank you! MM


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

lovely...... well done, i have no rules in my poems


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Brenda -- Might I add "and few in your life, except those you make for yourself"!! The compliment means more coming from such an accomplished poet and all-around smart woman. Many thanks! MM


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

That was a cute poem, you need probably can write childrens books. :)


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Mayhmong, what a sweet thing to say! I do hope my children's poetry book idea pays off!


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Neat hub! Messy pic. Love both!


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Larael 7 years ago

I love them! They're absolutely fantastic. :]

A job well done. And a Huzzah! for all wannabe poets


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey Larael,

Thanks! I think these are your style. Free-form and whimsical and ....messy. Good to see you out and about on HP. I think you're gonna do really well here.


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bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

Wack-o mate, another good one.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thx,bcm. I take it wack-o-mate is a good thing! We don't use the term here in the States. But I like it and may adopt it! Cheers! MM


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Beautiful poems. Impulsive, spontaneous emotions (just as the 'wisdom flowing out of the mouths of babes') carry their own beauty...and all it takes is to capture them in their pure, raw form to move the reader and create true impact! Your words do that perfectly...


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alternate poet 6 years ago

Like the poems - though would take issue with any lack of structure, even mudpies are no good if they don't hold together and make a shpe :D I would agree with the eyes of a child, but I believe that it is incomplete, it is something like - see with the eyes of a child and the mind of an adult. Children make lovely poetry but it takes craft to make it great. But I do like the sentiment and the whole idea is great for people starting out to get the juice flowing !


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi AP,

Thank you so much for your comment! I am NOT a poet -- never have been and probably never will be. I'm a marketing writer who has found the courage to dabble into different genres here on HP.

It's great to get feedback from other writers proficient in their craft. So thank you, thank you, thank you! MM


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queenpoetica 5 years ago from England

I enjoyed both of these poems, but more so the second one - lovely words, found out in the garden. That's the thing with words, they can be found anywhere.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you, oh royal highness of poetry!


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haikutwinkle 4 years ago

Fabulous poem!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great wordplay and poetry recipe.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I love these, Mighty Mom, they remind me of my sons. I have a picture of my two sons making mud pies, it is in one of my hubs about surviving accident prone children.

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