GloPoWriMo Day 20: Icky Food and 3 of 6 Words

A bowl of coriander chutney

I.
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

II.
Suits

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. Did you get a cookbook for Easter? 🤣

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    1. Hey! What? Are we supposed to get gifts at Easter?

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        1. I might have to go by myself something.

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            1. I’m glad I have that in writing.

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  2. 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.

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    1. It’s apparently a DNA/genetic hiccup that makes coriander taste like soap, and it does … and the taste lasts for hours. It’s a gene cluster called OR6A2, reacting to aldehyde chemicals.

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  3. 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.

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    1. I have to admit that verbless and going nowhere made me grin. All set for tomorrow?

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      1. I’m still waiting for my swan results, but I think they will only contact me if either of them is positive. But I’m ready. 😒

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        1. Smile. 🥰 This is one condition that doctors can actually fix!

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  4. 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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    1. Don’t know about this rutabaga; sounds toxic. Whole baby turnips braised with a pot roasted chicken is good.

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  5. Great writing, but I love corriander, especially fresh. I like the way when you add it to hot oil it smells like jam roly-poly! 😂

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    1. You’re obviously missing the OR6A2 gene cluster, or that roly-poly is off.

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      1. 😂 I have got a bit of a cold at the moment.

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        1. Tim Spector says 50% of people who think they have a cold right now actually have Covid. That’s based on algorithms from King’s College London. 😳

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          1. I took one of my last free tests today…negative.

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            1. Excellent. Hope you’re feeling better very soon.

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              1. Thank you. As long as it doesn’t turn into man flu, I will be fine.

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