Staying Alive

Licking the batter bowl

mother didn’t know that it could kill us

sweet sugar egg flour

on our tongues

now verboten

she didn’t know those little pet turtles

(the ones in their plastic island paradise)

with salmonella all over their tiny prickly feet

could kill us

now verboten

mother didn’t know that our cotton pajamas

could kill us

when we fell into the fire

now verboten

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Dutch word verboten has such a nice sound to it. Verboten is German, verbose Afrikaans

Staying Alive

Middleness

crucial to finding the way is this there is no beginning or end only a lingering in the middle caught in the middle of nothing and nothing with no end marks and capital letters no space whiteness on a paper where a word isn’t and silence takes over just a blob of words on a page of middleness

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dVerse prompt on prosy using Jo Harjo’s line Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end. combined exercise with Ursula K. Lê Guin’s Steering the Craft Exercise 2 to write with no punctuation

Middleness

Peter Piper

So many times

this nursery rhyme spoken

a tongue twister

with its own history

Pierre Poivre

missionary from France

with an eye on peppers

places to plant and grow

and a recipe for pickling

no refrigeration

so Peter Piper picked

and pickled

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dVerse prompt on stream of consciousness following my first experiment with pickling peppers. This rhyme was a childhood favorite.

Peter Piper

A Review of Groceries Delivered

Searching on the website

like going down each aisle

I want this— out of stock

I want chips— not a healthy choice

I want pantry foods— ones that keep

red lentils

split peas

garbanzo beans

make a soup— better than canned

make the order Sunday night

Monday 7 am

the joy of groceries delivered

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NaPoWriMo prompt to write a review. My experience with online grocery shopping. I miss going down the aisles of the grocery store but this will have to do.

A Review of Groceries Delivered

Ripening

Just a few more days

these bananas will be ripe

for banana bread

that is if no one eats them

can’t let that happen

going to hide them now

there will be banana bread

tomorrow

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NaPoWriMo prompt on a fruit. So hungry for banana bread. With the family sheltered in, it is hard to keep some foods from disappearing. Cashews are banned so we can’t fight over them anymore.

Ripening

Praise to the Dishes

I want to do a praise dance for the dishes

which presented the evening meal

served the grilled vegetables

ancient grains & hearty soup

I want to shout my praise over cucumbers

sliced into a bowl & offered plain

with their crunch adding to the chorus

of appreciation as they fed me

I want to give an offering to the water

that cleaned the plates & bowls

my hands in the warm suds then rinsed

with feelings of nourishment & thanks

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NaPoWriMo prompt to be overly appreciative.

Praise to the Dishes

Fruits and Vegetables

Kenya sugar snap peas

leeks and cucumber Holland

Tesco radish and asparagus mushrooms from China

baby corn and red chili Thailand broccoli from Spain

local lettuce

baby carrots from USA

Haricot vert from Italy

India okra

bananas from Ecuador clementines from South Africa Australia mandarins

Pakistan and Egyptian mangoes New Zealand apples

green apples from France

local beets

seedless lime from Vietnam eggplant from GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)

Morocco provides tomato

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supermarket in Dubai

Fruits and Vegetables