We asked you to write poems short enough to ice onto cakes and the results were delicious!
Last Saturday the Young Poets Network and Poetry Digest gathered at the Poetry Cafe in London’s Covent Garden for an afternoon of poetry readings and eating.
The challenge was to write a poem on the theme “Lime Light” short enough to fit on a cupcake. Ten poems were selected by the Poetry Digest editorial team, Swithun Cooper and Chrissy Williams, to be turned into cake and a further ten were commended.
Chrissy created designs for the cake tops which were digitally printed onto icing sheets.
These lovely cake tops were then added to cakes creating the fabulous pyramid of cake:
The commended poems which our editor bakers loved but just couldn’t squeeze onto the cakes were…
By the time they find the money’s gone
I plan to be in Lima.
If they ask tomorrow
tell them I’m not home.
I asked the curtain to disguise
The dew in my own eyes.
If this cake were made
from unslaked Ca(OH)2
I’d be hungrier – but more alive –
for how it made me think of you.
bitter as lemons
while they steal all the limelight
a spiteful scurvy.
Yer gums are black as London grime.
Avast, ye bilge rat, suck a lime.
For those with a sweet tooth.
I do not wish to be overshadowed
by certain pretentious citrus fruits.
Admit it: calorific, but… for poetry’s sake!
There’s your green light, bite! Eat my words.
you thrive in limelight
actors on a stage
are you still acting when the curtain falls?
Bitter is the lime that’s tasted,
but bitter is the lime that’s not.
We had readings:
Then we had eating:
Published September, 2011