Jello is this.
It has color. Except aspic.
And this.
It has sweet.

It is granular life.
Granular metamorphosis.
It has fear. Shivers afraid.
But laughs in wiggles.

It is granular life.


TOAD readers: My error! I did not understand how to link days 1, 2, and 3 prompts so here are the links:
Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3:

Day 4 of national poetry month. The prompt from Imaginary Garden with Toads is to write a poem in the style of Gertrude Stein’s TENDER BUTTONS.  I’ve chosen to write about jello, attempting to create a metaphor for life while at the same time, writing a factual description of this food. Challenging prompt!

Published in 1914, Stein’s TENDER BUTTONS is divided into three parts: Objects, Food, and Rooms. It avoids any use of gender specific pronouns. It is considered a masterpiece of verbal cubism and a failure at the same time.  Here is an example directly from Stein’s text:

8 thoughts on “Jello

    • lillian April 4, 2020 / 9:57 am

      Thanks, Rosemary! Once I had the subject, it was fun to do 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Linda Lee Lyberg April 4, 2020 / 10:55 am

    Jolly jello- you nailed the prompt Lillian! Or perhaps I should say- jiggled the prompt. 🙂


  2. Kerry April 4, 2020 / 11:46 am

    This is very well done. i like the short snappy statements. Very effective in your description.


  3. sanaarizvi April 4, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! 💝 I love; “Granular metamorphosis. It has fear. Shivers afraid.” 😀


  4. kim881 April 5, 2020 / 4:27 am

    Definitely Stein, Lill! I’m wobbling with glee!


  5. Susie Clevenger April 5, 2020 / 1:41 pm

    What a delightful topic for a poem…love it


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