Looking at Potatoes

Usually I post the poem first and explain or comment afterwards. I’m reversing it today. The National Poetry Month Challenge #8 Write 4 haiku about favorite foods, is a fun one for me. First I love the haiku. It forces the verbose to pare down the poem to the core and express it with a paucity of syllables. At the same time it demands a vivid and emotional poem be crafted. The haiku is deceptively hard yet it is the one poetry form taught in all English classes. The English version is three unrhymed lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5 for a total of 17 syllables. As for my topic, I am an All-American mixed breed. I have a goodly percentage of Germanic ancestors, along with the Irish and Jewish contingency, a smattering of English, Welsh, Russian, Eastern European, and a bit of those pesky Vikings, and a sprinkling of nearly every other nationality. That said there is a deep appreciation of the potato in my genes. Thus my topic is the potato in all its glorious forms.

Wet potato washed
Recall farmland petrichor
Earth apple boiled whole

Special occasion
Main attraction with gravy
Mashed to perfection

Yellow, russet, red
Agonizing selection
All of them taste good

Hashed, boiled, fried, or baked
Kugel is my favorite
Potato comfort

34 thoughts on “Looking at Potatoes

  1. Great little collection, Muri! Who would have thought of doing all four Haikus about the SAME food? We grew potatoes in our garden when I was a kid, so there were potatoes on my plate every day for dinner: boiled, baked, mashed, scalloped, fried, you name it. Nowadays, potatoes are a starchy no-no, an occasional treat. I love cheese the way you love potatoes… I think you’ve seen my sonnet, a parody of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 🙂

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      1. Thanks! Petrichor is a favorite word (along with syncope and pericope). Potato kugle is absolutely my favorite. My grandmother would make it for all the holidays. I am fortunate to have her recipe!!

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    1. So pleased you like this group! There is nothing evil about a little starch (I think that the no carb trend is untenable). I love cheese too. I went on a diet and eliminated cheese – it caused me to dream about cheese…

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  2. You left out sweet potatoes! They’ve become my favorite potato in the past few years. What can I say… I yam what I yam!

    Guess what? I actually, finally, unbelievably wrote a poem and posted it! Woohoo! By my calculations, I have just enough time to make it all the way through your list if I write and post one poem a day. I’ve done it before…

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    1. Hehe! You know I love a good sweet potato. I love your poems (even the limerick)! I believe in you – you can do it!!! I’ll be anxiously waiting to see what gems you post!

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        1. My first roommate in college ate applesauce with Ritz crackers – said it was just like apple pie. I thought she was a little crazy but I tried it and it wasn’t bad. I didn’t think it was nearly as good as apple pie but then again it was better than nothing.

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