Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ode to an avocado



dressed with lemon,
garlic, olive oil & mustard-
a chef's delight

but i like you best
bare
sliced open under rough snake
skin
velvet ripe & creamy
belly

drizzled with sugar
& cold milk,
bowled dessert
of indolent summer days

plump smooth,

slivers of ambrosia       
your taste is only rivaled
by my other childhood memory-

cloistered nuns
making candied purple yams
stirring over
& over
flaming giant pan until
rough fibers turn sin-

fully lush 
as nectar oil

decadent food 
for gods  
hand-bottled for sale in market -

pear-shaped
your green womb
wraps me tight like seed
coconut-shaped

pining for tropical sun-
   


Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - Modern Odes with a taste of Chile (Neruda Style)   Taking a break from studying  because I miss writing ~  Thanks for the visit ~  

Picture credit:   here

57 comments:

  1. Oh, now you have me craving avocado. I never having it with sugar and cold milk, but I am sure it must be good that way. And yum, those candied purple yams sound like a real treat too. What a tasty ode you have written today, Grace.

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    1. Growing up it was the only way I knew how to eat it ~ Later on, I learned it was good in salads & sauces ~ Those yams were really smooth as an avocado ~ Thanks Mary ~

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  2. Really enjoyed this, Grace - especially the surprise appearance of the nuns. We don't eat avocado much here; it's not easy to get them just right.

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    1. Its hard to get them just right here in Canada ~ Thanks for the lovely prompt Tony ~

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  3. Terrific use of the Neruda-style form, Grace; a lovely well written poem on its own. Like the line bare/sliced open under rough snake/skin. I, of course, took Brian's lead and my verse bursts unfettered all over the page, with ragged rhyme schemes, and lines almost lost, disconnected, yet connected; had some fun with mine, and really loved yours.

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  4. What an avocado can due, wrapped about at ones zoo

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  5. Grace I loved this. Also never thought of sugaqr on an avocado. It was really very well done. I'm glad to see someone used a longer line it doesn't make me feel so blatant in not going shorter. >KB

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    1. Short or long, I think the line breaks work if it makes sense ~ Thanks KB ~

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  6. Wonderful way to write an ode.. Wish I could have avocados like that. I can recommend having them served with grapefruit ;-)

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    1. Avocado with grapefruit ? Haven't tried this combination yet ~

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  7. oo la I like avocado....fresh guac....mmmm....never had sugar on it though...might have to try that....you got my mouth watering though....might need to pick one up on the way home...

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    1. We always have one as it is used for shakes or whatever ~ Thanks Brian ~

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  8. i think this just was the most sensual avocado i ever met...some more sugar please...smiles...loving avocados

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  9. I was never a big fan of Avocado but you have me questioning my decision ... great poem...

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  10. Great ode, Grace! I enjoyed the images the avocado evoked for you. I love avocado. I like mine with just a bit of soya sauce or in a bagel with hard-boiled eggs.

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    1. Avocado with soya sauce, I never knew ~ I normally dip soy sauce in green mangoes ~ Thanks Gabriella ~

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  11. Amazing! What beautiful images your avocado invoked. I really enjoy avocados and you captured their essence with such a great imagination.

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  12. soon as I saw the Neruda prompt I knew that your studies would have to step aside :)
    I love avocado, except love isn't a strong enough description. wonderfully carved, Grace ~

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    1. Ha ~ Who would resist a Neruda prompt ~ Now me thinks you would do well with this type of writing ~

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    2. Delicious ode and full of surprises. Lovely, sensual write.

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  13. I'm hungry for the slippery, juicy moreish flesh now - this was delicious!

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  14. Beautiful ode. So much luscious imagery.

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  15. I think this piece a lot! I love how one piece of fruit can evoke a powerful memory. :-)

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  16. Avocado juice in the mornings can be most refreshing even plain without sugar. Nicely Grace!

    Hank

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  17. Creamy avocadoes and mangoes = the tropics

    how do you survive
    without the tropical scent
    it's calling you home

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    1. I would love to, someday maybe ~ Thank you ~

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  18. I love avocado ... also in guacamole scooped up with tortillas. Yummy & sensual. Smiles :)

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  19. love my avocados (aguacate) with celantro, diced onion, diced jalapenos, salt and a squirt of lime juice. Phew! can't wait to make it for the holidays. sorry i digress.

    nice use of reflection in style and my salavary glands

    Gracias mi amiga

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  20. With the greatest SIMPLICITY, your ode transformed me into an avacado. Now, I KNOW they have feelings, pride, and they love what you do to/with them. And I love what you do to/with WORDS.

    Neat how you wove the two childhood memories into one poem

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  21. A great use of the Neruda ode form in tone and descriptive sensuality...food is such a good subject....especially the avocado (aguacate).. nice, Grace

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  22. Love avocados! Now I have a new way to try them - with sugar and milk! Looking forward to my dessert tonight!

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  23. That is a new way for me too, always in salads, or with fresh seafood and a cocktail sauce for Christmas entree's, or the garlic and olive oil and lemon juice, or warmed, but sugar and milk…now that I will try - extremely well done Grace.

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  24. Is it weird that I've never had avocado?? :)

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  25. loving this haha!...I can't tell you how obsessed I am with avocados, I eat them all day and sometimes that's all I eat.. it's my favorite food... cool post!

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  26. Wonderful Grace! I wanted to hear more about your life and eat an avocado! You captured the passion of his style~

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  27. very tasty and delicious ode.....lovely...

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  28. O! I'm with you in this ode of perfection! Tasty, smooth, sweet sweet potatoes and pungent avocados. I used to eat them every which way, until--after my five years in California--I hit surfeit, and have not been able to swallow them since! Odd reaction, but true.

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    1. Too bad ~ My hubby puts them in his all green veggies shakes, and it made him lose weight as the shake was so filling ~ Thanks for the visit Susan ~

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  29. I love avocados and you've made me very hungry. Great ode.

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  30. You certainly made the avocado appealing..I don't usually eat them but, I might be tempted now.

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  31. A lovely and sumptuous poem, Grace. I first had avocados in a sweet milkshake too. Delicious. Your mind explores this beautifully. This is Karin-- Manicddaily. K.

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