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Summer Grazing: Poems About Food

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Strawberries for sale at Mahabaleshwar

Want a different kind of nibble on these long summer days when it’s too hot to cook? Graze your way through a bountiful buffet of food poems. Here’s a sampler of some favorites (with links to the full works on poemhunter.com).

Start the day with Elizabeth Bishop and “A Miracle for Breakfast”:

At six o'clock we were waiting for coffee, waiting for coffee and the charitable crumb that was going to be served from a certain balcony – like kings of old, or like a miracle....

Go “Strawberrying” with May Swenson:

My hands are murder-red. Many a plump head drops on the heap in the basket. Or, ripe
 to bursting, they might be hearts, matching
the blackbird’s wing-fleck….

Stop for lunch at “The Health-Food Diner” with Maya Angelou:

No sprouted wheat and soya shoots
 And Brussels in a cake,
 Carrot straw and spinach raw,
 (Today, I need a steak)….

Shop for dinner with Lewis Carroll and “The Walrus and the Baker’s Man”:

A loaf of bread, the Walrus said,
 Is what we chiefly need:
 Pepper and vinegar besides
 Are very good indeed –  
 Now if you're ready, Oysters, dear,
 We can begin to feed!

“Inviting a Friend to Supper” is on the menu with Ben Jonson:


Tonight, grave sir, both my poor house and I Do equally desire your company: 
 Not that we think us worthy such a guest,
 But that your worth will dignify our feast 
 With those that come; whose grace may make that seem
 Something, which else could hope for no esteem. 

Feast on “Mutton” with Jonathan Swift:

Gently stir and blow the fire,
 Lay the mutton down to roast,
 Dress it quickly, I desire,
 In the dripping put a toast,
 That I hunger may remove – Mutton is the meat I love….


When the meal is done, ask Jack Prelutsky to help put away the leftovers, “Deep in Our Refrigerator”:


Deep in our refrigerator, there's a special place
 for food that's been around awhile...
 we keep it, just in case.

“Chocolate Milk” by Ron Padgett, “Cherries” by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, “Raisin Pie” by Edgar Albert Guest – these and other tasteful works are a wonderful way to satisfy our appetites. Best of all, we’ll always have room for one more bite.

For more poems about food, visit poemhunter.com.