Texas Poetry Exchange: Donuts

A 4th grader describes an adventure inspired by his favorite snack.

By Alain StephensMay 1, 2015 7:18 am

Donuts (inspired by William Carlos Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow”)

So much depends
a succulent,
red-glazed donut
because it is sweet and epic
or because it may be your very last
piece of food
until starvation.
You hope
for more excellent
then as you start to starve—
then two,
then hundreds of magical
donuts of all
colors begin to rain
from the sky.
The miracle of a tornado
that picked up a donut factory
and sprayed it
where you are right now—


Jon Tor authored this poem in the 2014 Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp—a program of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. The Library Foundation supports the Austin Public Library by increasing awareness and enhancing library programs, facilities, and collections. Its Badgerdog program is a community-based creative writing project for people of all ages.