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Sunday, October 3, 2010


Can you believe it? I'm posting my Saturday Centus on Sunday! Most of you know the rules, but if you need a tutorial, check out the Saturday Centus button on my sidebar. This week, Jenny changed things up a bit by giving us a photo for our prompt. I like the concept. Good on you, Jenny, for thinking it up! Also, don't fail to to visit Jenny Matlock's very cool blog, Off On My Tangent.

Pumpkins @ Small Stories and Stuff - 10/03/10

Golden soldiers in slack formation
wait to be loaded, packed into trucks
carted to markets, fall festivals,
to be inspected, chosen or not
for bundling into minivans for
the trip to death row, the carving knife
waiting on the kitchen counter.

Cut them, gut them, bake them into pies.
Purée the pulp to polished pudding
spiced with cinnamon, sugar of brown.
Bake them in crunchy crusts with sugared
rims, slice them into silken servings,
flavor of fall.

Or make them jack-’o-lanterns, creepy
as clowns, eerie carved-out orange orbs
candle flames flickering through triangled
eyes, snaggle-toothed grins, freaky frowns.

© cj Schlottman


Viki said...

This was wonderful. Says everything about Autumn to me. Good job.

Sue said...

Oh, I like this! Especially "cut them, gut them" and the sound of "creepy clowns" recaptured at the end with "freaky frowns."



Bookie said...

Classy use of prompt in that the images are terrific....really painted the scene for us...poetry!

Terra said...

FABULOUS! This could be written somewhere for real...loved it

Teresa said...

Great poem! I had to chuckle about the trip to death row.

Tgoette said...

Nicely done, CJ! A great poem for the holiday! Terrific job!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Great wording. The tone is very Halloween-like and poetic. I really enjoyed this!

Deborah said...

Brilliant poem ... but aaw, poor little pumpkins off to death row! :o)

Tinah said...

haha i liked the 'death row' thought there. its so true though isnt it! nicely put together.

Tina from
Mummy Diaries

Jackie said...

Love Pumpkins and all that you said about them . "flavor of fall" . brilliantly done !

alisonmillerwoods said...

Lovely pumpkin-flavored thoughts - made want pumpkin cookies :)

RockiBottom said...


00dozo said...

Wonderfully done! I was going to make apple pie this week, but I'm thinking of pumpkin now.

jeff campbell said...

CJ...the words you use and the way you use them makes this so wonderful...such an interesting way to look at pumpkins and all they do...and in a poem nonetheless...Love it! Peace and blessings, and thanks for your gracious comments on my Centus offering.

Kat said...

This was wonderful. I especially loved the line "Puree the pulp to polished pudding" - genius! What a lovely poem to celebrate autumn. Kat

Jenny said...

CJ. Amazing. There is nothing I would change in this. It was a perfect journey through all things pumpkin.

What a great read.

Thank you for linking.

Ames said...

The pumpkins are coming! The pumpkins are coming!! What a creative poem.~Ames