Inside Our Fridge

A Funny Food Poem for Kids

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From the book My Cat Knows Karate

Inside our fridge there’s still a smidge
of old and moldy ham.
And, next to it, there’s quite a bit
of dried-up, fried-up Spam.

The bacon in the crisper bin
has been there much too long.
The sausage links have such a stink.
Their smell is simply wrong.

The ribs and roast are both the most
disgusting ever seen.
Yes, every piece has rancid grease
and spots of bluish-green.

We left it there without a care
for weeks, or months, or years.
Now all this rotten food we’ve got
is bringing us to tears.

I guess we should have understood
it must be eaten quick.
And if we wait till it’s too late,
it might just make us sick.

But now this meat — too old to eat,
too fossilized to fork,
from long before the dinosaurs —
is all Jurassic Pork.

 — Kenn Nesbitt

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Reading Level: Grade 4

Topics: Food Poems

Poetic Techniques: Rhyme Schemes


About This Poem

This poem was a lot of fun to write for several reasons. First, I love writing poems about food. Second, I love writing -- every now and then -- about things that are gross and disgusting. But, mainly, I enjoyed writing this poem because of the rhyme scheme.

As you read this poem, you might notice that each stanza has six rhyming words. That is, there are end rhymes on the second and fourth lines of each stanza, and there are internal rhymes in the first and third lines of each stanza. While this is more complicated, and therefore more difficult to write, the challenge also makes it more satisfying.

From the Book My Cat Knows Karate

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