2017 Day 27 – Spice Jars

Whole coriander seeds –
Their citrus burst reminds me
Of your curries.

Garlic’s pungent bite –
The hummus I made for
Long ago parties.

Ginger – Dad’s chocolates,
Fiery but wrapped in sweetness.
A rare treat.

Star anise – liquorice,
Chinese food cooking Christmas Eve,
Presents still unwrapped.

Dill – battered pickle,
Laughter at a wooden table
A world away.


Notes: the prompt was to write about the memories evoked by taste. I’ve written a little spicy concoction of Collom lunes.

2017 Day 1 – Recollection

Sweet smoke.
Stroking your face,
Place and time forgotten.
Cotton sheets torn,
Worn by time.
Rhyming your breath
With death
And resurrection.


Notes: Today’s prompt was to “write¬†a Kay-Ryan-esque poem: short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and, if you can manage to stuff it in, a sharp little philosophical conclusion.” I might try to follow this prompt more closely at a later date, but this is what came into my head today.