Sunday, April 26, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Zest


Jama shines above the rest,
cooks up blog posts filled with zest.

She's not gilding on a lily,
she's the allspice in our chili!

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Cicely Miller


In our haste 
to pack away 
sweaters and mittens
we forget 
that spring is fickle.

the tulips 
to the frigid deluge,
we stir more garlic, chiles, and cumin
into the steaming soup.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

Carol, at Carol's Corner, will join me again this year as often as possible.

Kimberley, at iWrite in Maine, is joining me this month. 
Kay, at A Journey Through the Pages, is joining, too!
"A Few Clerihew"

Steve, at inside the dog, is sharing his poems 
in the comments at Poetrepository.

Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.

Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.
Jone's word today is ALLSPICE.


  1. Mary Lee, that clerihew for Jama is a perfect match! I hear you in your second poem. Spring has really played tricks on us in Long Island also. I am hoping that you will send me one of your spring poems for Spring's Symphony. Just which one will it be-so many fabulous ones to choose from I am sure.

  2. Your clerihew for Jama has left me simmering with giggles... and, frankly my dear, I couldn't agree more! I've added it to the TLD wrap-up post and will share today via FB and Twitter. Brava on tackling three challenges in one!

    I would love a taste of that soup in your second poem. Here, I'm grateful for a bit of rain to break the awful humidity. Alas, we already seem to be taking on our summer weather pattern... in April. Sigh.

  3. Mary Lee, are you looking over my shoulder? I just started a crock pot of ham and bean soup! It's a bit nippy here today!

  4. I am so excited to learn about Jama! Thank you.

  5. Totally agree with you about Jama! A spicy chili kind of gal if there ever was one. Every time I read one of her posts, I want to start cooking.

    Your second poem perfectly captures springtime in the Rockies! Today it's raining, not a gentle spring rain, but one of those cold hard rains that will destroy all the spring flowers and makes me want to throw something in the crockpot and put on my wool socks!


    He pulls up beside me
    fifty-something balding
    ordinary except for
    his red Chevy Impala lowrider
    gold hubcaps glint
    in late afternoon sun
    and sparking silver sign
    in back window taunts

    Someone in the car behind him
    shouts a challenge
    and he responds
    with a couple of
    jaunty up down bows
    followed by
    a side-to-side shimmy
    then roars off
    tires squealing

    I am not a car person
    my dusty dark green SUV
    a strictly utilitarian
    get me from place to place
    kind of vehicle
    but as he spins away
    I long for that
    red convertible
    shimmy side to side
    bow up and down

    (c) Carol Wilcox, 2015

  6. Wonderful about Jama, and we have a cool, rainy day today, heavenly moisture for us, but I need that soup too. I always enjoy coming by to see what you've cooked up, Mary Lee, and wish I had more time to write with you. Here's a zest poem for today:


    I scrape the lemon’s peel;
    zest falls onto the plate,
    perfuming the room with memories,
    that lemon pie,
    the first time I was allowed
    to whip the meringue,
    the first slice served.
    “I didn’t do a thing,” Mom said.
    “She did it all by herself.”
    Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

    1. My daughter just learned to make lemon meringue pie. She was so proud, and I was impressed.

  7. I cooked a big pot of soup last night--it's been a cold week in Michigan. I could not agree more about Jama and her spicy blog!

  8. Been wanting to do the DMC and your Jama poem provided the inspiration.

  9. Anonymous5:07 PM

    Your clerihew for Jama is perfect, Mary Lee! And a pot of soup is exactly what's needed on this dreary, gray afternoon.

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  11. I love both poetic takes on zest. You even inspired me to write a few clerihew of my own:

  12. YAY for Jama! She really is the salt in our collective soup. And the cumin... and the... okay, I need dinner...


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