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Waiting for Waffles
Pam Lewis


Eons pass
as steam swirls from the waffle iron.
Inside lies the pale magma                                            
of an unformed planet                          
the Precambrian                        
in the geology of breakfast
terrain untouched by syrup rivers,  
innocent of cinnamon showers
its pocked topography slowly               
browning, its ridges crusting
as epochs roll on in miniature
beneath a jagged steel sky.  

© by Pam Lewis.
Used here with the author’s permission.  


Pam Lewis enjoys hiking, birding, dancing, citizen science projects, reading and, of course, poetry and her poetry groups. Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies. Now retired, Pam lives in Madison, Wisconsin, which has, she says, “many beautiful natural places and many wonderful poets!”


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Hi Pam--what a great poem. I love the way you bring scientific vocabulary into a poem about waffles!
Posted 03/25/2023 03:09 PM
Lori Levy:
Very creative and imaginative.
Posted 03/25/2023 01:11 PM
Cathy’s Sister:
Loved this poem! I grew up having waffles every Saturday morning and this poem brought me back to those early days. Still love waffles!
Posted 03/25/2023 12:25 PM
Wonderful imagination, metaphor, and craft. Love "the pocked topography"
Posted 03/25/2023 11:59 AM
Wonderful images. My tastebuds read this poem.
Posted 03/25/2023 11:58 AM
Leslie Hodge:
Posted 03/25/2023 11:11 AM
Where is my jagged steel sky?
Posted 03/25/2023 10:51 AM
A fun way to look at the wait for the waffles to cook!
Posted 03/25/2023 10:05 AM
Gilbert Allen:
I enjoyed reading this playful, imaginative poem.
Posted 03/25/2023 09:04 AM
Ditto Wilda's comment.
Posted 03/25/2023 08:57 AM
Wilda Morris:
A wonderful extended metaphor!
Posted 03/25/2023 08:36 AM
Absolutely wonderful!
Posted 03/25/2023 08:28 AM
Larry Schug:
As a person, who, long ago, minored in Environmental Studies with a Geology emphasis, (and who also loves waffles) I absolutely dig this poem. Every line is perfect.
Posted 03/25/2023 08:23 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I could tell when I read the title I was going to love this delicious uplifting poem. Favorite imagery: steam swirls from the waffle iron, syrup rivers, cinnamon showers, jagged steel sky.
Posted 03/25/2023 08:23 AM
Joan Luther:
Syrup rivers.cinnamon showers..yummmmmmmm
Posted 03/25/2023 07:47 AM
Great language!
Posted 03/25/2023 05:14 AM

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