The Fortune Cookie

The Fortune Cookie

Describe a donut and fool the people
They’re paid to be upset
Throw them in the snake pit

Go play on the freeway and
Take your damned meatloaf with you
We’ll get a court order and force you

Break a leg tampering with a horse
Drag yourself another twenty feet, and
It comes out a pretzel

An honest man knows he’s lying
It proves nothing
Does this ring a bell?

Day Thirteen of  2016 NaPoWriMo.
The Day Thirteen prompt from for 2016 NaPoWriMo is to write a poem inspired by fortune cookies, as in using phrases from fortune cookies.  My found poem is a twist on the prompt.  I’ve used quotes from the movie The Fortune Cookie (found at, although I’ve played a little loosely with those quotes.

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There’s a Poem in This

Rather than looking to outside sources (The Day 10 prompt from suggested book titles from our bookshelves), I have gone inward (of sorts) for my first attempt at found poetry.  Accessing comments made on my poetry in the last year through the WordPress Dashboard, I have selected some of my own comments and added a few recent comments I have made on the blogs of other poets.  I was surprised that I was able to compose more than one or two “cohesive” stanzas.


There's a Poem in This

There’s a Poem in This

if all is to be known
tomorrow already was
we are voices waiting to be heard
present in absence

with a fair dose of humility
at the end of our thousand year journey
mindful of not standing too close to the flames
we have a voice for this

the significance of each moment
a diversion from the surrounding chaos
leaving images imagined
a lovely tale to tell a child

our roots are in places we least imagine
the current flowing through each of us
sometimes there is no twist
some things just write themselves