dVerse — Poetics — Follow the Crumbs

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My empty gut in echoed hunger
rests in burgers dripping with grease;
recall the pangs of when much younger.
The crumbs always lead me back home

with dry white toast and margarine,
big orange blocks of surplus cheese,
macaroni, and mushy green beans.
The crumbs always lead me back home.

German Chocolate cake from a mix
with hard coconut grit in my teeth;
chicken, and dumplings with Bisquick.
The crumbs always lead me back home.

As sugar grumbles, my liver faints.
Rewarding quarters fund this thief;
my face frequent in dime store haunts.
The crumbs always lead me back home.

There are exceptions to all rules.
When family gathers blanket grief;
nutritious laughs ‘mongst carefree fools,
the crumbs always lead me back home.

Today’s offering is in a modified kyrielle form.

Top image of food art is by Piotr Bikont

Sarah is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics. Sarah says:
So, your mission for tonight is to write a poem about food.

66 Comments Add yours

  1. I like this celebration of very ordinary food and the idea of crumbs leading us home – shades of Hansel and Gretel? The repetition works well, and the picture is hilarious!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sarah. I was born and raised with that kind of food, but at holiday gatherings we had banquets with plenty of good cheer. About the image, there is a site full of these funny food images and this one, with all of the starch, seemed to exemplify it best ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I love it. the simple food we ate… all those things that today are considered less fancy. I remember we sometimes had canned ha for instance.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      We had a very large family (7 kids and 2 adults) and not a lot of income. This kind of fare was the usual. I look back on it and all of the candy I ate as a kid and cringe!

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  3. Ingrid says:

    This is an intriguing and haunting poem, Lisa – and great to hear you read!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ingrid, thank you very much for noticing the subtleties of it. Glad you liked the reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    So lovely to hear you read this poem, Lisa! I resonate with; “nutritious laughs โ€˜mongst carefree fools, the crumbs always lead me back home.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Sanaa. Sometimes the crumbs are enough.

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  5. Surplus cheese was a staple when I was very young. When I think about how meals were prepared back then — lard, for instance, or my father’s snack of a slice of bread spread with butter then sprinkled with sugar – I wonder how any of us survived. I know his clogged arteries were a testament to it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you can relate, Ken.

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  6. Ain says:

    You make it look so simple – so fun to read, a lovely flow, like real poetry…love it – I mean it IS real poetry of course!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol, thanks, Ain. I often wonder myself whether it’s “real poetry.”

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  7. Masa says:

    Beautifully done. I appreciate the journey, and the delight invoked with following a trail of crumbs.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Masa, your kind words and your delight are appreciated. Thank you.

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  8. Gillena Cox says:

    “The crumbs always lead me back home.”
    Awesome repeated line.

    Much love…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gillena thank you very much.

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    2. Rob Kistner says:

      This is wonderfully written Lisa. Had a bittersweet flavor, but home always lingers in the bones. My crumbs always lead me to the mountains, forests, and streams of Oregon. I made certain not to drop anything when I left Ohio.

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Rob, thank you for your thoughtful comment. You got where I was going with my dropped crumbs.

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  9. memadtwo says:

    Those vegetables from a can…You’ve described my childhood diet perfectly. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! And we survived!

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      1. memadtwo says:

        It’s amazing when I think of the “food” we ate.

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  10. Dale says:

    This was wonderful, Lisa. Remembering the food you were brought up on which may not be gourmet, but always remind you of where you came from.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. Very good point, Dale. It sure does!

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      1. Dale says:

        Tuna sandwiches and tomato soup and I’m right back at my family kitchen table, having just walked home from school for lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yum that sounds really good right now ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. Dale says:

            You know, now that we’re “talking” about it… I haven’t made a tuna sandwich in AGES… gonna do so tomorrow!

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  11. Sadje says:

    Love the recurring refrain Li. Nicely penned

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Sadje says:

        Youโ€™re welcome my friend

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  12. ‘The crumbs always lead me back home’ ~ so much in these lines!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. rothpoetry says:

    I love what you did with this one Lisa. I could identify with some of those images as the crumbs lead you back home. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you very much.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are very welcome!

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  14. rothpoetry says:

    Love the plate bunny… is this your creation?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wish I could take credit for it. It’s from a Russian food site that makes art out of food.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        That is very creative!

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  15. I certainly have fond memories of my mom’s cooking. I think she did a great job providing us with delicious foods. Overall, I would say our diet was also pretty healthy. My mom mostly used fresh ingredients. Vary rarely did we have already prepared meals.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, I’m happy you had that kind of healthy start in your life. What is your favorite that your mom prepared for you?

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      1. She made a yummy cheesecake, based on a recipe from my grandma.

        One of her main dishes I liked in particular was fried liver Venitian style with onions and plenty of garlic, served with rice.

        Perhaps somewhat ironically, based on what I said before, there was also a prepared spaghetti dish called Miracoli – basically, spaghetti with a tomatoe sauce and a mix of spices – super tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. kittysverses says:

    It’s lovely to hear you read, Li. It’s a wonderful coincidence that I’ve written on similar lines, comforts of a simple meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kitty ๐Ÿ™‚ Will be visiting the poetry trail again soon to see your offering.

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  17. I love hamburgers and simple foods – my Dad had a very simple taste, and I love all the foods he used to enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

    โค
    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad those simple foods made you think of your Dad, David.

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  18. Reena Saxena says:

    Love the presentation in the image. Happy to learn Kyrielle and food combos. I looked up Bisquick though…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Reena. There was always a box of Bisquick in the cupboard when I was growing up ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. A kyrielle I savored,with its varying flavors and sinful treats that came along the way…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Q. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  20. pvcann says:

    Th refrain cannot be avoided, it anchors the experience long held, no matter the journey, wonderful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well-said, Paul, thank you.

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      1. pvcann says:

        Loving your lines ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. It’s funny reading about the food other people were brought up on. Industrial food wasn’t really a thing in the households I knew, so it was loads of potatoes pasta and rice, vegetables especially cabbage, very little meat and no shop-bought sweet stuff. It was probably very healthy!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it has been fun seeing what others ate as kids. I wish there hadn’t been so many little mom and pop stores around I could walk to to buy candy. For some reason my folks didn’t have a problem with it!

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      1. I hope they also had a good dentist!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Our dentist’s motto was to pull baby teeth and also to pull permanent teeth first, ask questions later.

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          1. Bit like ours, but he never extracted any of ours, just drilled the bastards before they even thought of getting a cavity.

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  22. danadampier says:

    Crumbs leading us back home and to ourselves is a beautiful thought. It’s so easy to lose who we are these days.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It does seem like we can get lost in the chaos, you’re right.

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  23. writingwhatnots says:

    I wasn’t sure when I read this if these were fond memories or held sadder undertones? Less celebration, more reflection. I like the rhythm of the Kyrielle – the repeating refrain so perfect for the words themselves.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, I appreciate your closer look. The reality is they are memories, for better and worse. They go hand in hand. I do remember the sharp contrast between our daily fare and the sumptuous offerings at our large family holiday gatherings. Thank you for the kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. writingwhatnots says:

        You are very welcome๐Ÿ˜Š

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  24. I do love the image and it reminded me of hansel and Gretel.. Love the repeat!~ ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Cindy ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. You’re so welcome! ๐Ÿ’–

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