Some schools do a April Madness of Poetry, using brackets just like the NCAA basketball tournament. In one school my poem, “How to Bake a Flower,” is competing in the tournament! Kind of strange to think of one poem defeating another poem, but still…very exciting!
How To Bake A Flower
by Ralph Fletcher
Stir seeds into well-drained soil.
Fold in a half-cup live worms.
Sprinkle in occasional rain
until green shoots appear.
Blend in sun. Mix with shade.
Add a dash of moonlight.
Simmer on low four to six weeks
in the unhurried oven of summer.
When the air starts smelling sweet
it’s ready to be served—almost.
Swirl in butterflies.
Whip in bees.