Lesson in Seasoning

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #41  (posted by Mish) – “spice”
“Your entire poem need not be spicy or relate to spices (though that is fine too!) You can add “spice” or a derivative of the word with a subtle pinch. Be creative. Just remember that a quadrille must be exactly 44 words, excluding the title.”

Grandma says,
“There’s no seasoning,
pleasing to the boy. He is
an unspiced roast,
plain as dry toast,
macaroni and nothing.
What family doesn’t
use garlic? Never mind,
sweetheart. He has
a palate? He can learn.”
Grandma’s tangy stuffed
cabbage is his ultimate
test.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to Lesson in Seasoning

  1. Now, this is a delight! Thank you!

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Tangy stuff cabbage sounds delicious.

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  3. marley raine says:

    “Macaroni and nothing.” I love that.

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  4. I see a test coming up… wonder if a boy will get accepted if he doesn’t accep grandma’s spicing.

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  5. Uh oh, hope he passes the test! Grandma’s are so wise, are they not?

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  6. oh dear. I’m always disconcerted when a kid comes round who only eats their pasta “plain”.

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  7. Kathy Reed says:

    Cabbage soup is to die for! You pulled this off in great form.

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  8. Just delish: I liked “There’s no seasoning, pleasing to the boy…’ Grandma’s voice is so clear.

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  9. Yes, something tells me, due to Grandma’s own spiciness, her cabbage is going to be out of this world.

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  10. ladynyo says:

    Loved this. Poignant and made my stomach growl.

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  11. Lol, “macaroni and nothing.” Very clever poem!

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  12. Mish says:

    I really enjoyed the snippets of dialogue as they painted the scene in this poem. Oh those finicky ones! I can relate working with toddlers.

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