The Perfect Guglhupf

This Wednesday’s Poetic Asides prompt was to write an inverted pyramid poem. The idea is intriguing. In it, the most important information is packed in at the top, and then dwindles down in the fashion of an inverted pyramid, the idea being based on a journalistic concept. The idea is that if an editor needs to cut an article for space, he can slice cleanly from the bottom. I immediately thought of a recipe. All you really need to know are the essential ingredients, and you can take it from there.

The Perfect Guglhupf

The most important thing
is the flour and sugar.
Shortening and eggs
hold it all together.
A bit of leavening,
salt to taste,
the merest suggestion
of lemon peel.
Raisins, they’re optional.
Mix it, stir it,
put it in a pan
and bake until done.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar
and eat while still warm.

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2 thoughts on “The Perfect Guglhupf

  1. I guess I didn’t get around to looking at Poetic Asides. I had no idea about the journalism cutting issue. Fascinating. And I like your poem – illustrates the concept perfectly.

  2. Thanks, Sheila.I just started writing to the Big Tent Poetry prompts, as well as the Poetic Asides one, so it’s kept me scrambling. Total immersion– I guess that’s the best way to write poetry. 🙂

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