FINAL Friday SPAM poetry prompt (#1130)

SPAM prompt line: proverbial fruit cake


Just wanted you all to know that this will be the last SPAM poetry prompt (for a couple of reasons I’ll explain later on). I hope you’ve enjoyed trying them as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.


I saved this prompt line especially for the holiday season. I’ve been intrigued by this line ever since I first saw it last summer. How exactly is a fruitcake “proverbial”? If it referred to the “proverbial unpopular fruitcake” or the “proverbial awful fruitcake,” maybe it would make more sense. Not that I could agree; I love fruitcake (when it’s good–with quality fruits and nuts and preferably soaked in strong spirits).


I thought of various cakes in Ireland and the UK in which items are baked: charms, coins, etc. Could this fruitcake have little rolled up proverbs baked inside? What would these proverbs say? Imagine such a proverb, what it tells you, how it changes your outlook on your life–and maybe fruitcakes.


Or could “fruitcake” here be politically incorrect slang for a certain type of person? Are these people among your family and friends? Discuss. (I’d say my family is stocked with such fruitcakes, but they’d simply yell, “Hey, pot–meet kettle!”)


If none of this excites your creative juices, write about how much you hate–or love–fruitcake. If you knew a fruitcake baker (or are one yourself), use that as your inspiration. If you can work “proverbial” into it somehow, extra points for you!


Enjoy–and have a wonderful holiday season.




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