There is something about the comfort of making food in mid-winter. It feels particularly true when making marmalade
on a cold wet blustery day in January. The first taste of the new batch immediately after potting and cooling on fresh white fluffy bread is a treat. I wrote this poem immediately afterwards.
A Sleet Soaked January Saturday
It is marmalade making season,
pungent Seville oranges in place;
preserving pan, thermometer, spoon
unearthed, cleared of spiders, dead flies.
Last year’s empty jars washed, oven-dried,
sugar packs in place;
cups, bowls, breadcrumbs,
morning debris, removed from counter;
aprons donned, sharp knives ready, deep breath.
A generations old rite begins
I remember this one from our last Bealtaine meeting and I loved it. I think you have made a couple of small changes and it reads better than ever - and yes, I can smell it.
Love the idea of 'A generation's old rite begins' - coming at the end of this heart warming poem. Beautiful movement and images in the poem. Well done Peter
Ooh that is really bringing the magic of jam making to life! Love it, good job.
Triona Mc Morrow
Lovely! I can smell it!
Love it! I can smell the marmalade!
A beautiful poem Peter. A ritualistic and comforting feel to it. Hope it was tasty!
Very graphic and authentic poem
I love it, so comforting. Are the breadcrumbs from the sliced fluffy white bread?
Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece, Peter. The cycle of life captured in marmalade making.... it warmed my heart.
25.11 | 22:15
Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.
07.11 | 11:14
A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there
06.11 | 16:24
A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.
06.11 | 15:59
Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.
In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.