Sunday, March 18, 2012

pepper and so forth...


R.A.D. Stainforth contemplates pepper...




Pepper


It's not just about flavor,
but a rewarding crunch,
as copper grinds heaven
over everything consumable
with gravel-jolt and halt.

I suppose the whole idea
of cracked peppercorns
started before the Spice Wars
and the creaky Dutch ships
loaded with putrid meat,

back in the Garden of Eden,
when Abel discovered
the best companion to salt,
accidentally crushing it
between unsuspecting rocks.



tk/March 2012




image: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
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62 comments:

  1. My husbands favourite spice....I can just imagine the look on the face of the first person to taste pepper..."Agh..water, water.

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  2. A delightful read as always, Tess.

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  3. You've heightened the spice of life with this..excellent!

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  4. Awesome post as always Miss Tess!.. It is when i arrived here in Canada that pepperand salt are on the table. Back home we have it in while cooking. Kind of a small thing but something new for me...

    Have a great week ahead...

    JJRod'z

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  5. a humorous take on the pepper grinder photo. LOL. What an imagination you have Tess. A poem about pepper!

    And interesting to see RD's room behind him.

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  6. I am always amazed at the myriad of angles people see in the same image.
    Great work!

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  7. Such an imaginative take on the image! Well done (as always...)

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  8. I love R.A.D.'s exaggerated tongue-in-cheek seriousness here...he nailed it...and I laughed out loud at "putrid meat"...

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    1. Well, whose is it then?! Tell them their plant needs watering....

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  10. Pepper and spice led to the trade with the East. So says history. What is important is it spiced our life. Very well depicted in the image!

    Hank

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  11. Pepper is my favorite spice, and I'm doing all I can to enjoy it before doctors find something wrong with it, like they did to my beloved salt.

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  12. Fabulous poem Tess and once heard by R A D will forever sound out his particular gravel-jolt and halt phrasings.

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  13. Ouch, Tess! that part about Abel and "unsuspecting". You "hit" the nail on the head, didn't you!!

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  14. This is a nice way to "spice up" your blog.

    Well done, Miss Tess.

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  15. Fabulous imagery. I love the way you connected Cain, Able and salt. Amazing!

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  16. It was suggested on Facebook that perhaps Cain discovered sugar...giggle...

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  17. Delightful!

    And is reading of it? Impeccable!

    =)

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  18. make that "his" reading of it.

    *sigh*

    Someday, I will give in to proofreading.

    ;)

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  19. Great take on the photo prompt.

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  20. smiles...i like my fresh ground pepper....well spiced piece tess...

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  21. I could live without the fresh, black, cracked stuff of life, but pepper makes my life sing. Thanks for the tasteful prompt this week, lovely lady. I will share your poem with my grandson. He cannot believe all the pepper I consume. =D

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  22. I love your spicy take on the photo! That is a LOT of pepper! Must be a pretty big steak au poivre!

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  23. One of my favorite spices...I hope his grinder works better than my peuny little one. Imaginative, Tess!

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  24. A wonderful poem, full of sounds and smells.

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  25. LOL!!!

    ever see the saturday night live pepperboy skit? reminded me of that

    snl pepperboy skit

    angular acceleration

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  26. The SNL pepperboy is too funny (!)...thanks Zongrik...

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  27. Rich and fulfilling Mag indeed! I love the Dutch putrid meat reference...

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  28. "a rewarding crunch" ... really like the sound in this; I love the range of topics covered in the poem, an illustration of the varied foods on which pepper is a welcome sprinkling; great reference to the beginning of pepper-love with the Abel mention

    rosemarymint.wordpress.com

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  29. Full of flavour and texture! Of course this applies to both pepper and your poem. I like the "unsuspecting rocks".

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  30. The whole world is a pepper crusher.

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  31. I love cracked pepper, this is so good! :-D

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  32. Very clever response to prompt. I'm glad you are not caught in the cracks! K.

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  33. A most wonderful spice of life!

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  34. Could this tiny man be stamding on a humungous peppercorn, which he is tryimg to crack himself ?

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  35. An unusual view of an unusual illustration.

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  36. I use cracked pepper on practically everything I eat. But I would never have come up with pepper for this image.....and I am so glad you did because I needed to see it in a different way than I unfortunately did!

    What a treat to watch R.A.D. Stainforth read this poem. I didn't think it could get better than hearing his readings of your poems, but I was wrong! You two are an amazing team.

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  37. Rocks are good and so are gears! thanks-

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  38. Thanks Lydia...look for Stainforth's video as a regular feature at Willow Manor!

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  39. Some of the most amazing discoveries have been stumbled upon....love this Tess! :-)

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  40. a brilliant idea, these wheels can be seen in so many ways.

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  41. Nothing like the flavor of freshly ground pepper. Hmmm....perhaps Adam did discover this!! Really enjoyed this clever piece!

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  42. Ah, I will never hold my peppercorn grinder with disregard again! I loved the video and reading - such a treat! Thanks for the Magpie prompt... now I feel I didn't put enough thought into it... Oh well there is next week. :)

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  43. Stanza 3 is nice. I am enjoying picturing Able discovering the joys of pepper.

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  44. Pepper with all the sights and sounds. Always an adventure!

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  45. Full of admiration for the way you were able to spin that out of the prompt.

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  46. You never fail to entertain. Thanks you.

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  47. Thank you so very much for your comments, dear friends. You make sharing my poems so very rewarding.

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  48. such a brilliant take to the photo. kudos.

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  49. I like this. There's nothing like the grinding of pepper (except of course the taste) and I really like the way this poem and image make it almost mythical. Very nice.

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  50. R.A.D. can crack my peppercorns any day of the week. Yummy!

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  51. Dear Tess: Spicy~ I love the "creaky Dutch ships" and the "rewarding crunch" of pepper; Adam was one spicy guy~the read was over the top Ronaldo~!

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  52. oh so funny ... a totally different take then what I expecting, but just so fine ... it's amazing the number of gears that become apparent, isn't it? Good prompt as always Tess - good poem also.

    http://nsaynne.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/the-rip/

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  53. A delicious thought Marcheline ... yes perhaps a little over the top chiccoreal ... thank you both ... and big thanks to Tess who allows me to read her poems ...

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  54. salt and pepper.. that is what my six year old loves..

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  55. This has a most rewarding crunch to it. Thank you.

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