Curry

Curry

A Poem by YouoweYoupay
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An oddly delightful spring morning squandered in vain.

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I could not have not found 
A more becoming recreation,
Or could I?

The recipe was not delusive,
But I had improvised just in case.

All the jars of spices 
sat idle on the marble counter,
Or so it seemed to the non-culinary eye.

Chopped cubes of sweet tomatoes,
For a kind heart

Coriander leaves 
For zealous, bright eyes

Curry and mustard seeds
For an affinity for music
A spoonful of cumin
For curiosity and a thirst for knowledge
And a pinch of nutmeg powder
for hilarity and glee
And maybe a small fit of belly-buckling laughter.

Chilli pepper flakes 
For prudent passion
And a can of coconut milk
For the soft, dimpled skin
Of the small hands I will hold and swing
As we stroll to the mini market.

An oddly delightful spring morning 
Squandered in vain.
A realm of stark blue and cream white
Spread on the canvas of my window pane
Neglected and taken for granted.

An offer of amity
With a friend or two
Dismissed, phone unanswered
A cup of tea never ordered
Fascinating gossip unheard
Isn't it absurd?

All for the incentive
Of mixing ingredients in a bowl
Fresh greens plucked from our backyard
And a dash, a tiny dash
Of magic and deliberation
To sate the appetite and aspiration
To reanimate the life,
And lull the grief-stricken heart
Of a barren wife.

© 2019 YouoweYoupay


Author's Note

YouoweYoupay
Image: Bouquet Garnie
Artist: Timothy Easton

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It's fascinating how you have likened various ingredients to emotions. Maybe you thought long and hard about the analogies, maybe you just went with the flow. Whatever the case, you've done a remarkable job. The bit about the can of coconut milk made me smile. :)
Having said that, I could never imagine how you would take the poem further and show the sorrowful condition and pain of the cook. Really hit me hard.

P.S. - The first thought that sprung to mind while reading the poem was whether life and the way we live it is similar to cooking. Using experiences and values as the main ingredients and adding emotions as the spices and herbs, with a bit of seasoning of friendly chatter and conversations or other influences like books and other forms of art and media. I wonder if that thought came to your mind as well while writing? :D



Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

YouoweYoupay

2 Years Ago

Hi, Agyani. I'm always happy to read your reviews. I like to leave the interpretation of the poem fo.. read more
Agyani

2 Years Ago

I think he did enjoy it, yes. And if he did enjoy it so much, why would he not want to create more m.. read more



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almost like she gets out of herself to make up the recipe that will spice up her life.
She feels lonely, barren, tasteless....
and then she overdoes it, makes herself too hot to taste...
But she is trying to resurrect her dead heart---yet no matter how she spices up
the recipe of herself...the inside still feels so lonely.
a Superb metaphor here, youoweyoupay,
very impressive writing...as you start something that you finish...enclosed like bookends, you don't leave the metaphor hanging.
j.

Posted 4 Months Ago


I adore cooking and love any spicy foods. This takes that to a different level as the protagonist celebrates the colour, aromas, tastes and flavours that go into a curry yet herself feels barren. A neat juxtaposition in verse and sad.

Posted 7 Months Ago


YouoweYoupay

7 Months Ago

Thank you, John! I'm glad you liked the poem. I always feel a little sad but also hungry when I read.. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

7 Months Ago

Ah! your hunger is but the most flavoursome!
The imagery is amazing! It is so descriptive. :)))

Posted 7 Months Ago


YouoweYoupay

7 Months Ago

Thank you, Pearl. :) I'll visit your profile soon.
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If there were a Michelin star rating for poetry, this would be a 3.

Absolutely delightful poem and the use of our wonderfully expressive language, is both unique and clever.

Beccy.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Quite a twist at the end. As I read along I started to imagine a sort of culinary Frankenstein, but it slowly morphed into a dinner being cooked by a lover to perhaps woo their partner... I was not expecting to finish it imagining an island counter full of half used ingredients, while a woman sat in a windowsill, contemplating into the light drizzle of the midsummer rain over what could have been...

Posted 1 Year Ago


the metaphors, the imagery...beautifully penned.

Posted 1 Year Ago


I have a book about the medicinal use of herbs and spices.. your poem is spot on.. and well done.. sometimes all we need is a bouquet form the earth's apothecary to set us right as rain..

Posted 1 Year Ago


You let the poem overload our senses. With images aromas and movement. Then with your parting words you bring the whole delightful scene into a profound focus.


Posted 2 Years Ago


YouoweYoupay

2 Years Ago

Hi, Cherrie. Thank you for the helpful and kind review. :)
made me hungry,love tomatoes,that`s why i have a kind heart

Posted 2 Years Ago


YouoweYoupay

2 Years Ago

Hi, Wordman. I'm sorry for making you hungry. :) I love tomatoes too. Thanks for the cute review.
 wordman

1 Year Ago

you`re welcome
It's fascinating how you have likened various ingredients to emotions. Maybe you thought long and hard about the analogies, maybe you just went with the flow. Whatever the case, you've done a remarkable job. The bit about the can of coconut milk made me smile. :)
Having said that, I could never imagine how you would take the poem further and show the sorrowful condition and pain of the cook. Really hit me hard.

P.S. - The first thought that sprung to mind while reading the poem was whether life and the way we live it is similar to cooking. Using experiences and values as the main ingredients and adding emotions as the spices and herbs, with a bit of seasoning of friendly chatter and conversations or other influences like books and other forms of art and media. I wonder if that thought came to your mind as well while writing? :D



Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

YouoweYoupay

2 Years Ago

Hi, Agyani. I'm always happy to read your reviews. I like to leave the interpretation of the poem fo.. read more
Agyani

2 Years Ago

I think he did enjoy it, yes. And if he did enjoy it so much, why would he not want to create more m.. read more

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