Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wasabi Me

From Boris Hoppek's Tokyo exhibit "Ever"




Wasabi Me


Waterproof,
you can't be bothered
with sufficiently annoying
nonsense.

So you minimize,
arrange neatly 
categorized implements
like a surgeon,

cut away seaweed,
anything bothersome
that might wrap, cling,
make your head swim.

But sushi happens to be 
your favorite food,
one you can't live 
a single day without.





tk/January 2012


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61 comments:

  1. I'm just trying to imagine where she needs a little touch of Wasabi!

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  2. Ah, now I'm craving a plate of edamame and a spicy tuna roll... something I rarely crave in the deep of winter.

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  3. ok- so now I am hungry for shrimp! Lovely poem Tess!

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  4. I must agree of Cro Magnon! nice one Miss Tess!

    JJRod'z

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  5. Oh my poor nose ... however I love sushi! And your poem.

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  6. I'll have a little wasabi sprinkled on my su-she--oooh, was that too bad? Hello, Internet inspectors!--grin!

    PEACE to you, too!

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  7. You know what I love? That I have to read this more than once. That I have to search between the words for that which you would hide.

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  8. I enjoyed this poem so hamachi.

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  9. Great combination the words with the imagery.

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  10. I am blown away at how the picture led you to sushi... amazing poem, Tess!

    So do you want us to refer to Magpie Tales as The Mag from now on?

    http://lkharris-kolp.blogspot.com/2012/01/warning-small-package.html

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  11. Tess,
    Not being a sushi fan I failed to see it 'til I looked through your eyes and words.
    rel

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  12. like rel i didnt see it until you said it!

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  13. loved the sushi reference with this prompt -- brilliant!

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  14. Laurie, so many were calling Magpie Tales "The Mag" I decided to go with it...feel free to refer to it either way...

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  15. We'll be having fish for dinner ... did I mention I forgot to cook it ... yes it does taste revolting ... some of this wasabi shit will help ... but seriously raw fish is good for you ...

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  16. Nice picture. I love sushi but these days I feel guilty gobbling up tuna.I don't want to contribute to their going extinct.

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  17. Oh yes! I'm with you! A sushi moment indeed!

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  18. oh dear, i see it now....could catch

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  19. Only you! Cro Magnon's comment made me laugh out loud! You keep such good company!

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  20. I love this:

    "Waterproof,
    you can't be bothered
    with sufficiently annoying
    nonsense."

    And your use of seaweed was a really nice weave.

    ~Shawna
    rosemarymint.wordpress.com

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  21. Very nicely said. Some people can practice compartmentalization of their lives, can't they. Sadly in some ways, I'm not one of them.

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  22. I do love Japanese food. I take this delightful post with chopsticks and gobble it in one bite ~

    My share:

    http://a-sweetlust.blogspot.com/2012/01/sevenling-woman.html

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  23. What a great title. Never had sushi, btw.

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  24. A superb poem...all wrapped in a neat little package, the idealized version of feminine beauty.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  25. Witty and with humor. Great write Tess!

    Hank

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  26. ...engaging - both your photo and words... i can't remember the last time i take sushi with a chopstick.. thanks for the read!!!(:

    ~Kelvin

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  27. i love me some sushi...esp when done well...nice hint of wasabi in your words as well..smiles.

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  28. I realy liked this...even though he has to have control in everything, this one thing he doesn't, and can't, and but that is just too bad because he neads her. powerfull poem Tess.

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  29. Beautiful humor...So you minimize,
    arrange neatly categorized implements
    like a surgeon...food or life..nice work!

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  30. Thank you for the reference to Melody Gardot, an artist who had been unfamiliar to me. She is quite wonderful.

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  31. I like the rawness of this (pardon the pun). And if I were going to persist with punning, I would change the last line of the second stanza to "sturgeon". Sorry. I can't help myself!

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  32. Dear Tess: That's a wrap and a half! WoWzA~! Thank you. Arigatou gozaimasu. ありがとうございます。

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  33. As Dame Vera Lynn so memorably sang: "Whale meat again" ...

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  34. DCW, I'm glad you like Gardot...she's one of my new favorites...

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  35. oh i could live on sushi..even more after reading this..smies

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  36. Clever and witty! With just a bit of bite!

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  37. Sushi is addicting! I don't know if I could eat it every day- If you had enough money,you could get someone to 'Play'it for you every day!

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  38. The only taste clinging here is a good one...

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  39. Excellent take on the prompt, everything works in this succinct, sharp-lined work.

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  40. Your posts are my favourite food.

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  41. Really lovely. And, seriously, my stomach is growling!

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  42. Hi Tess--I had laughed at the cleverness, and then unclever me had let me be signed on under a blog I started years ago and never followed through with.

    So, here again--very clever! Refreshing!

    K.

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  43. Hi Tess--I had laughed at the cleverness, and then unclever me had let me be signed on under a blog I started years ago and never followed through with.

    So, here again--very clever! Refreshing!

    K.

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  44. Life must be delicious just like your poetry....love this Tess! :-)

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  45. Quite intriguing poem.
    Seductive art work.

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  46. Woah! That one went down pleasantly!

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  47. There is a splendid tidiness about the image and that is mirrored perfectly with your verse.

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  48. Yes, Tess, I saw the sushi connection immediately. Nice one with or without wasabi!

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  49. Thanks, Tess, for the Mozart mention. "La ci darem" is one of the great ones. Yours, Berowne

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  50. I did not see sushi in this pic until I read it on some posts, and my husband saw the resemblance immediately, perhaps because he loves sushi. Terrific write.

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  51. Your comments mean so very much to me ...thank you gentle readers...you are the best...

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