Ordinary PP

Today's challenge over at Poetry Jam was to write a poem about something ordinary.  This morning my toast sat upon an ordinary paper plate...

Ordinary PP

of tree
cradles cobs,
holds hot dogs,
and piles of fries;
shades squinty eyes,
fans you in a breezeless plight,
but in a breeze transforms to kite.
cut some holes and make a face,
or use it as an artist’s base.
short lived lively paper treasure
9 inch, snack-sized, what’s your measure?
white or color, fancy trimmed,
round or square, wavy rimmed,
how could anyone berate
this lowly, imitation plate
with rights to boast?
a morning toast for
white thin

©2014, Donna JT Smith


  1. Ha ha. Paper plates can be used for so many things but, true, they work well as plates too.

  2. paper plates are definitely versatile...i have used them as a palette for paint...and for masks as well.....and to hold my sandwich or toast....

  3. So many uses for an ordinary paper plate! One can look at a paper plate creatively....or not! Smiles.

  4. Lovely, witty, good write, have a nice Wednesday

    Much love...

  5. Paper plate! Yes. Ordinary paper plates are useful in many ways. Good take on the prompt! :)

  6. Slice of tree...I never thought of it that way. Loved the rhythm and the words.

    Not many mention my posters. Thank you.

  7. Wonderful--so many ways to look at an ordinary paper plate! which turns out to be not so ordinary after all. thanks for posting.

  8. Cool response to the prompt...loved it.

  9. Creative take on the prompt. Paper plates and doilies....instant wall art!

  10. great take, paper plates are an excellent choice, and such creativity

  11. Creative! What an observation! Loved the idea of various facets of a paper plate.

  12. oh how clever of you !!..great take on the prompt :)

  13. brilliant!-- it seriously made me a little emotional-- i can't tell you how much i love paper plates-- you definitely need to compile a book of all of your wonderful poetry :)

  14. It's so clever Donna-finally time to catch up on some of the posts I've saved! I wouldn't miss one of your poems at all! (I love to choose interesting paper plates, & you've covered the variety very well!)

  15. I love what you did with the prompt! So much fun and clever :-) And in fib form too!

  16. All praise the mighty white loaf!

  17. These lines cracked me up: "how could anyone berate/ this lowly, imitation plate." The American Visionary Art Museum here in Baltimore has a display of giant mandalas made of paper plates. Take a look! http://makezine.com/2012/12/02/paper-plate-mandala/


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