Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Toast to Toast

This is one my students have enjoyed. It's important not to feel like sonnets are always really heavy or romantic. I wrote this one while my wife and I were up late having a snack. I grabbed a napkin, told her "Give me any subject in the world! I'm writing a sonnet about on this napkin right now!" Guess what she said.

A Toast to Toast
Gideon Burton

Of all the snacks that beckon in the night
When tummies growl and gnawing hunger calls,
But one can satisfy my famished plight
And summons me to stumble through the halls.
Oh piece of bread, so humble in your slice
What magic turns your skin from white to brown?
What arrogant aromas do entice
When toaster pops and butter coats you down!
With cinnamon and sugar or with jam
I dress you in the ornaments of sweet
More sated, I, than proverb's happy clam
When crispy, hot and warm my lips you meet.
     Of every night-time treat you are the most
     I honor you, great food, whose name is toast.

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  1. You do know that after reading this, I had to go into the kitchen and make some toast. You are so inspiring!

  2. Mmmmm, cinnamon toast. Hey, I REALLY wanna try to write my own sonnet. i might give it a whirl this weekend.