Date: March 7th, 2014

Snowflake Soufflé

by X. J. Kennedy

Exploding Gravy: Poems to Make You Laugh by X. J. KennedySnowflake soufflé
Snowflake soufflé
Makes a lip-smacking lunch
On an ice-cold day!

You take seven snowflakes,
You break seven eggs,
And you stir it seven times
With your two hind legs,

Bake it in an igloo,
Throw it on a plate,
And you slice off a slice
With a rusty ice skate.


Copyright © 2002 X. J. KennedyFrom the book Exploding Gravy: Poems to Make You Laugh. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About this Poem

This little nonsense poem just goes to show that a poem doesn’t have to be about anything great. It’s just an imaginary recipe.  What, by the way, is a soufflé (pronounced something like soo-FLAY)? I wrote the poem mainly to start a rocking rhythm going. You can feel it if you have a drum, and say the poem out loud while beating time. If you don’t have a drum, you might dump your classroom waste basket upside down and beat on its bottom.

About The Author

Children's Poet X. J. KennedyX. J. Kennedy grew up in a New Jersey town surrounded by arsenals and dynamite factories, which kept blowing up and knocking all the windows out of his school.  His real name is Joe, but he stuck the initials onto it to sound different from the family of  President Kennedy.  He has been a destroyer sailor, a scrubber of printing presses, a college teacher, and for the past 35 years nothing but a writer.  Kennedy has written more than twenty children’s books, the latest being City Kids, eight books of poetry, and several schoolbooks, among them An Introduction to Poetry, now in its 13th edition and co-authored with poet Dana Gioia.  He has received the prize for Finest Fantasy given by the children of the Ethical School in New York City (for his novel The Owlstone Crown); the award for children’s poetry from the National Council of Teachers of English; the light verse award from the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters; the Poets’ Prize, given by some poets to one of their kind; and the Robert Frost gold medal for his life’s work, from the Poetry Society of America.  With his wife, Dorothy M. Kennedy, he compiled Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry and Talking Like the Rain: A Read-to-Me Book of Poetry, which have stayed in print ever since 1982 and 1992.  He and Dorothy have six grandkids so far, and live in Lexington, Massachusetts, where the American Revolution began.  For more about them, kindly see the website

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