For me, food was always an after thought. Something I had to have to fuel my growing, in-constant-motion- child’s body. Grabbing a bowl of cereal here and there; a quick sandwich.
And into adulthood, this still was the case. I had my favorites, but still food was merely fuel to be gobbled, rushed, downed and then move on. Eat at my desk, eat on the run. Never really savoring.
Instead the moments of food bliss were kept for those special treats:
The home-made chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven. The gooey chocolate-covered fingers licked clean.
The ice cream that I lingered over, and licked slowly off the spoon, tasting the swirl of flavors from lips to tongue.
I was lost in the moment with these sugary treats. And these moments increased with age until sugar was the only thing I savored. Now, no longer can I dally with sweets. Instead, I relish the sumptuous taste of the fresh pea or tomato picked from the vine. Warm in my mouth. Luscious, now savoring these. The rush of a sugary addiction transformed.
Sweet licks and morsels
Lightly dancing on my tongue
Moments now savored.
© Donna Donabella 2016
This poem came from a prompt given to me a couple of winters ago challenging me to write a poem about enjoying food. I have never had a problem enjoying food…there was little I didn’t like. And sugar was my favorite food….in any way, shape or form.
But with age, has come issues with food. The need to reduce sugar or eliminate it as much as possible. Gluten, acid reflux, no preservatives, eating organically all add to the issues where my food intake is now very healthy, and I have made peace with the changes as I turn 60. This is my haibun poem paying homage to savoring food throughout my life.
I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.
The pictures here are of my husband’s award-winning cheesecake that he made for me two years ago on my birthday! One of those rare sugar times. The picture below is of the peas I savored from my garden well into summer.
I leave you with a few additional words about savoring I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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