Slice of Life 19 & Poetry Friday: Pancakes!


Congratulations, Heidi Mordhorst! You are the lucky winner of a copy of In the Middle of the Night: Poems From a Wide-Awake House! I know you and your second-graders will LOVE Laura’s new book.

There is a lot going on at my house these days. Our renovation project is winding down and we’re hosting an engagement party for my son and his fiancee next weekend. I know we all have busy lives, and kudos to all of you who juggle everything so well, but my attention has NOT been on my writing. I have managed to jot down a few ideas and make some notes, but not much more than that. I am looking forward to writing more in April, but have no particular project in mind for National Poetry Month.

Last week, it was my turn to post a prompt for Laura’s Food Poetry Project. Deciding what to favorite food to post was more difficult that I thought it would be. In the end, I went with the my idea of the delicious breakfast food ever, the pancake.

Writing about pancakes turned out to be just as difficult as choosing them. Sometimes when I’m stuck, I write acrostics to get ideas flowing. This week, after a bit of tinkering, I decided to stick with the form.


Piping hot,

Awash in butter

Nine in a syrup-

Covered stack

Abounding with blueberries

Keeps hunger away and

Energizes me for the day!

© Catherine Flynn, 2019

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18 thoughts on “Slice of Life 19 & Poetry Friday: Pancakes!

  1. Hopefully a stack or two of pancakes will power you through the next week or two! Until you wrote it, I didn’t realize that I sometimes do the same thing with acrostics. They help get the words flowing, don’t they? I’m glad you stuck with the form, as your poem stacks up like a beautiful stack of pancakes! Love the “awash in butter”! Good luck with all the fun!

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  2. That’s awesome news about your son and his engagement. I want to hear more about that! Sometimes with writing, choices are more paralyzing than helpful. It’s an interesting to think about with students.

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  3. Love the poem–nothing better than piping hot pancakes. Makes me hungry for some right now! I haven’t written a poem yet during this challenge. You have given me an idea for tomorrow!

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  4. Your pancake prompt was fun, Catherine, and I love the poem, especially ‘nine in a stack’. Somehow that clicks with me, imagining that sweet and yummy tower!

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  5. Yumm!!!!! I hardly ever eat pancakes, but I love them! And actually went out to breakfast and enjoyed a stack this week. Your anacrostic makes me want to go out again!

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  6. Only thing better than pancakes are waffles! I love that you chose a form that wound up being perfect for your content — a stack of lines, like a stack of pancakes! SWEET!

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  7. I love how you use acrostic to get the ideas flowing. I use haiku. These little warm-ups are sometimes works of art on their own, like your pancake. I think pancake was one of the prompts I just couldn’t get to this month because as Heidi Mordhorst says, You know… LIFE. I’ll get back to it. I do love the “awash in butter” My younger body ate a lot of butter!

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  8. Oh nooooo….I’m temporarily on this prescribed diet to manage my blood sugar, and I have been missing pancakes like you wouldn’t believe! I tried making these healthy “protein pancakes” I found online, but let’s be honest, nothing quite compares to a fluffy stack of real pancakes, dripping and drowning in syrup and butter!

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  9. Congratulations, Catherine, on the engagement. I am glad that your renovation project is coming to a close so that you can enjoy your home. It should be beautiful and I hope you share photos with us. Maybe an acrostic poem will follow also. Your pancake poem was yummy.

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  10. Well, thanks! That’s funny because as you probably saw I just awarded a copy of ITMOTN to one of my readers! Pancakes are a rare treat in our house, so I enjoyed being served them here…and I like how the acrostic stacks up like the pancakes do.

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