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Poems from Random Words: Olive

on 06/10/2011

One of my favorite things to do is write a poem from a random word.  I used to be part of an online group on Gather that would send out a random work like “Spark” and ask that you create a poem around that word.  Here is a poem that I wrote from the word “Olive.”

The recipe says olives,

So I stand here in aisle three

With a million different olives

Staring back at me,


Atalanti, Kalamata,

Alfonso, Nicoise and Queen,

Brine-cured and lye-cured,

Royal, Black and Green.


There are olives stuffed with garlic,

Pimentos and assorted nuts.

I’d try those stuffed with habaneros,

But I haven’t got the guts.


Spanish olives, Greek olives,

California olives too.

The market’s full of olives,

And I don’t know what to do.


So I take a breath and close my eyes,

And then I start to think,

I’ll just go out for dinner

And have the olive in my drink.

2 responses to “Poems from Random Words: Olive

  1. Tami says:

    Very cool….will keep me busy reading all you have written. Good job

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