Eve Merriam

(19 July 1916 – 11 April 1992 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

How To Eat A Poem - Poem by Eve Merriam

Don't be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
may run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.

For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.

Topic(s) of this poem: poem


Comments about How To Eat A Poem by Eve Merriam

  • Prabir Gayen (12/29/2018 10:09:00 PM)

    Very sweet a poem to eat and drink.......thanks....dear poet Merriam (Report)Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (12/29/2018 7:36:00 PM)

    I could not resist reading this. A great poem really expressing how we all take and often read words differently.
    Poetry is an amazing release for pure honesty.
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  • (12/29/2018 6:11:00 PM)

    What a diferrently, delightful, POEM! (Report)Reply

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  • Amir Marandi (12/29/2018 2:26:00 PM)

    Interesting metaphor. Describing the pleasure of reading a fine poem with an ordinary pleasure. Excellent.
    Congrats for being selected for POD.
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  • Savita Tyagi (12/29/2018 10:19:00 AM)

    Such an interesting and enjoyable poem. Well deserved front page exposure. (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/29/2018 10:02:00 AM)

    Nothing for the waste-bin, everything remain clean, this is not related with dirty dancing air. No pollution ever in our surroundings, pretty cool poem which I like very very much. Congratulations for being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day, Hurray! Also my congrats for thy family, since when you are happy, they are dealing too. A 10 Full Vote. God's Blessings in Abundance. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/29/2018 8:57:00 AM)

    A lovely poem. Enjoyed very much. Simple and beautiful. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (12/29/2018 7:46:00 AM)

    Yes poems are juicy and don't cause pollution. Polite and bite two great sounds together. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/29/2018 5:53:00 AM)

    For there is no core........!

    With the Store of love and life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

    .
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  • (12/29/2018 3:52:00 AM)

    t is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
    You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
    or plate or napkin or tablecloth....... your vision of a poem.. interesting. tony
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  • Practicing Poetess (12/29/2018 1:04:00 AM)

    It sounds as though she may be saying that a poem is so delicious that it is to be thoroughly enjoyed, nothing wasted.
    An interesting poem with an unusual view!
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/29/2018 12:48:00 AM)

    This is truly magnificent poem by Eve Merriam.................... (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (3/22/2018 11:10:00 AM)

    Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
    may run down your chin. a fine poem.. thank you.. tony
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 14, 2015


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