This thinner tanka was supposed to be a senryu, which read:
popcorn in winter--
But the lines, “urban gardeners / grow for themselves” came to mind, and the first version of the offered thinner tanka popped out of my skull:
popcorn in winter,
grow for themselves.
Then, I remembered how much the
original senryu made me grin (there
is something about “nutty bites” sounding like “naughty bites” that my
eternally juvenile sense of humor just couldn’t resist). So,
I had to slide the “nutty” into the tanka. And, as I was doing it, the image of
urban gardeners biting themselves (no
idea why) spilled out my fingertips and typed this (as I giggled—all right, cackled—like a delighted maniac):
popcorn in winter,
give to themselves.
- wondering about the corn? Well, this is the strawberry popcorn I planted last spring and harvested in autumn. Popcorn has never tasted so nuttily good and no kernel has looked so prettily crimson. Yep, I’m totally growing more this year.
so, I was going to start this post with a definition of “nutty”, since I didn’t
want you to think of madness. Then the dictionary suggested: “Nutty (adj.)
as in tasting like nuts.” And I just lost it so completely to laughter, that I figured
the clarification would cause even more confusion. Still, the nutty bit was too
hysterical not to share.
- for Poets and Storyteller United--Friday Writings #61: Such Inspiring Titles, where an extremely good-looking writer asks fellow writers to create poetry or prose inspired by the title of the first book they read, are reading, or will read in 2023. The first book I read this year was Urban Botanics: An Indoor Plant Guide for Modern Gardeners, written by Emma Sibley and gorgeously illustrated by Maaike Koster.
Those kernels really look pretty... so cool to grow it in your balcony...now why was I expecting red popcorn :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you can grow your own. I love popcorn but my colonoscopy doctor says no, no, don't eat it, nuts, seeds, and other crispy foods that don't digest. I have three books home from the library but haven't read any of them, "The Last King of Texas" (we were a country who won their independence from Mexico before joining the Union), "The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World", and "Ancient History from the First Civilization to the Renaissance." I had been reading from the 1980's "Mark Twain's original reports from Europe and the Holy Land". I had to turn the book in when I restirred from the school in 2001 but in February, 2013, I was able to purchase one in good condition for 50c plus postage for a total of $4.41 on eBay.ReplyDelete
I was expecting red popcorn too. Also that it should taste like strawberries. But how fascinating that strawberry popcorn exists at all!ReplyDelete
I suspect most people will miss or politely ignore what you do suggest about the taste – but I, of course, am not very polite.
I've lived far too long to not have heard of strawberry popcorn so am delighted to finally be clued in … and quite deliciously with poetry.ReplyDelete
I've never heard of strawberry popcorn! It looks awesome and so impressive that you grew some yourself on your balcony!ReplyDelete
Classic pics Magaly! Artistically presented. Hank is more familiar with maize popcorns though. Thanks for sharing unusual itemsReplyDelete
I enjoyed reading your thought and writing process here! I have strawberry corn seeds to plant this spring. I hope it does as well as yours. It's a just for fun crop.ReplyDelete
This peek into your process was very cool--as well as highly entertaining!ReplyDelete
Love the photos, Magaly! I had no idea you could grow strawberry popcorn, amazing! And I enjoyed how you played around with your senryu :-)ReplyDelete
Wow! I am so impressed with you growing strawberry popcorn. I have never heard of this. I hope you are feeling well. Thank you for your well wishes to me too.ReplyDelete
Lovely photographs you've shared.ReplyDelete
I hope you've had a good weekend, my good wishes for the new week ahead.
All the best Jan
I am impressed with this, Magaly. I'm glad you showed the photos.ReplyDelete
I did picture red popcorn tasting like strawberries.
Love you sense of humor!
They are so pretty! What does strawberry popcorn need to grow? I was going to cut back on balcony plants, but I haven't told the guy yet, so there are no hopes I could crush. ^^ReplyDelete