Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day #5

The prompt over at NaPoWriMo today went like this:
 Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names.

I come from the South.  A history of summer gardens...of cooked green beans and fresh pumpkin for pies.  Yet, I don't cook much, myself.  It's not really the absence of inclination but the lack of time.  I barely have time to do my blog posts, much less the frivolity of cooking from scratch.

Anyway, I did visit the websites outlined (as well as my own past) for this poem inspired by seeds and harvesting.

The Best Recipe

Winter luxury
was a farmhouse
made of wood grown
on Tennessee soil.
A back-garden
full of string beans
and pumpkins ripe
for cream cheese pie.
Southern Novembers
were made for
sugared yams and
smooth lamp-light,
a bushel-full of
beats and the steam
of syrup-smothered
ham and whipped potatoes.
The recipe for happiness
didn't come from
chef school or Paula Dean,
it came from a grandmother's
wise words, good food,
fresh coffee and enough
candlelight to read Bronte by.

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