Soda Crackers

You soda crackers! I remember
when I arrived here in the rain,
whipped out and alone.
How we shared the aloneness
and quiet of this house.
And the doubt that held me
from fingers to toes
as I took you out
of your cellophane wrapping
and ate you, meditatively,
at the kitchen table
that first night with cheese,
and mushroom soup. Now,
a month later to the day,
an important part of us
is still here. I’m fine.
And you — I’m proud of you, too.
You’re even getting remarked
on in print! Every soda cracker
should be so lucky.
We’ve done all right for
ourselves. Listen to me.
I never thought
I could go on like this
about soda crackers.
But I tell you,
the clear and sunshiny
days are here, at last.

Raymond Carver
from Good Poems for Hard Times, © 2005

 

WRITING PROMPTS:
1. Clear and sunshiny days are here, too, in Southern Oregon. What’s the weather like where you are today? Write a “weather report” poem. Include not only factual info about the weather, but your metaphorical weather report, too.
2. Get some soda crackers, cheese, and mushroom soup (or other food you like) and as you eat it, write an ode to your meal!
3. Okay, think back to something you ate a month ago. If you can’t remember, speculate! Write about how it was your companion at the time, how you were feeling then, how it is “still with you” in some fashion. You might even write about something you ate years ago, in childhood, perhaps — something memorable. (It doesn’t have to have tasted good, either!)

 

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