GloPoWriMo Day 20: Icky Food and 3 of 6 Words

A bowl of coriander chutney

Coriander: A List Poem

It tastes of thirsty earth
Steam vapour from smokestacks
White porcelain bowls of coal tar soap
Pine-scented kitchen spray
Scorched hair
It’s overwhelming, like a Chihuahua
Like a static shock
It’s verbless and going nowhere
It’s corrosive as boiled lemon sweets
Or vinegar
It smells of microbes in a
      plastic drinks bottle
It’s a hepped-up mob
It’s a photograph of your mother,
      bleached white from the sun
It’s a euphemism for holy shit


Gave all of his old suits
to charity.
A few double-breasted, too.
One day we might
meet his suit walking
up the street.

Written for I.)  NaPoWriMo Day 20: Anthropomorphise a kind of food, and II.)  Writers’ Digest “write a poem using 3 of these 6 words Content Double Guide Meet Pump Suit” ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #glopowrimo #napowrimo on Twitter

22 responses to “GloPoWriMo Day 20: Icky Food and 3 of 6 Words”

  1. you really don’t like coriander. 😀 it seems to be one of those divisive foods. I love Vietnamese food and that is jampacked with… how did you put it? eumphemisms for holy shit! Great poem. I loved how you evoke emotion. And the one about the suits is sweet.


  2. I agree about coriander! I don’t mind the ‘thirsty earth’ flavour too much, it’s the ‘pine-scented kitchen spray’ and ‘scorched hair’ that make me gag! I love ‘it’s verbless and going nowhere ‘. Suits was wistful.


  3. Sooo… That’s a definite ‘NO’ for the coriander then, eh? I’m with you.
    For me it’s turnip & rutabaga, though I can stand potato & carrot, so it’s not just their root-veggie status. Nicely done, Misk. Thanks.

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