self portrait on a plate



my tassle-splayed fringe

falls carelessly like squiggles
of chocolate syrup across

a rounded face, revealing

slivers of buttered forehead.


thin top lip traces like a

carefully calligraphed ‘M’ over
a squelchy ‘U’ shaped dollop of
sticky strawberry sauce.


dark brown eyes match
closer to blackberry
nutella as sunspots
raspberry-tinted cheeks

like brown sugar sprinkled
on an unapologetically

scrumptious Sunday morning



15 thoughts on “self portrait on a plate

  1. That was a fun poem, Maggy. I particularly liked “unapologetically scrumptious,” and I enjoyed the imagery of pancakes forming a portrait of you.


    1. Aw thank you so much for your continued support and you’re right, it doesn’t seem right for pancakes to not come with berries haha


    1. Funny you should ask that, it was a submission for a university subject so I do have a ‘standard answer’ at hand.

      Basically I thought painting a self portrait of myself through the medium of a pancake would be a really fun and tongue in cheek way to describe myself considering that I’ve personally been thrown the stereotype of Asians having ‘flatter’ more ‘pancake-y’ face structures due to having lower nose bridges.

      Rather than being offended by the slight racism exhibited in that comparison, I wanted to empower myself by embracing & owning the phrase. The intention of the poem was thus to create a vivid picture of the texture and shape of my features using the components of a perfect pancake that you’d have for brunch on a lazy Sunday morning.

      My tutor also interpreted an underlying theme of being consumable as a woman, particularly a woman of colour in a white majority society which was not intended but I’m happy for her to have saw. 🙂


    1. Hahah, maybe you need to be looking through the lens of a different cuisine!

      Side note, the puns in this comment put me to shame, why didn’t I think of them?!


  2. You had me by squiggles 😍
    Saying less but meaning more, poetry is so profound.
    Your gift of is beauitful to read–thank you maggy.


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