Today’s writing prompt is based on the poem Awaiting Arrival
Food is the center of hospitality in today’s poem, even though there is no particular guest expected on the horizon. Each improbable visit is anticipated even “after all these years of nothing coming down the road.” Like many of us, the people in the poem long for connection.
Write a poem in which you describe the foods you or a friend or relative keep on hand, in case of someone’s arrival. Are they foods that have been “put up” as a result of our earth’s abundance (like the zucchini bread in the poem)? Or are they foods that have been packaged and provided by vendors? Do you (or a friend or relative) tend to over-prepare or under-prepare for the possibility of company? (In a stark example of minimalist preparation, check out Anna Akhmatova’s carrot ‘n plate offering.)
If you like, begin or end your poem with the words, “After all these years of…”