I am precious for
the fragrance I exude.
I excel when crushed with love,
enhance the taste of beverages
and add flavor to some sweet dishes
double-edged – alluring smell, sublime taste.
A favorite of grandma for her tea,
this dainty lady entered my life
one fine day to add aroma
to biryani and curries.
keep her in air-tight jar
or she may lose her
© Balroop Singh
Thanks to Colleen for the inspiration to write a syllabic poem on an unimaginable topic! I have written a double Etheree which consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
This week’s challenge is The Spice of Life: Choose a spice from your kitchen cabinet, and relate its flavor to an event that recently happened in your daily life. Write your syllabic poem! Bonus—if you share a photo of the spice in your post.
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58 thoughts on “A favorite Spice”
Love cardamom in my coffee, and I enjoy that as much as I have enjoyed your poem!
Thanks Annette, adding it to coffee is quite a recent trend. Enjoy!
I’ve never used cardamom. Now I’ll have to try it. Great poem/post.
I am sure you would love it! Thanks for coming over to read my poem.
You’re very welcome 😀.
I’m not familiar with this spice. Oh my. I will look for it. Thanks. Lovely poetry. So elegant. Thanks.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Selma. We use it in rice pudding and baking too besides traditional tea. 😊
Wow! you come up with such lovely creations for the challenge. Certainly, cardamom is one of the prized spices in the Indian kitchens.
Thanks arv. It’s the aroma that captivates me when I ground it. These days grounded one is available in bottles but the taste and aroma is different.
Nothing is better than the produce of the latest season and fresh grounding. The aroma and taste tends to go down with the passage of time. Even technology has its limitations.
I love cardamon, Balroop, and I love your poem. I’ll have to add some spice to my tea today. 🙂
Thank you Diana, I could never think of composing a poem on cardamom! All thanks to Colleen’s challenge. 😄
Lol. That’s what makes these challenges so fun. 🙂
Me too… but I’ve never put it in tea before! I’ll have to try that!
Nice to hear that David! Make sure you grind it properly before putting in the tea. It is good mouth freshener too.
I really like chai teas, David, and cardamon is one of the secret ingredients. Enjoy!
Ahh , Balroop, that is a wonderful poem. Cardamom is a spice I also like. It reminds me a lot
Of Christmas baking. You make the aroma flow out through your words.
Love your choice of words Miriam. Thanks for a lovely feedback. 🤗
Very impressive, Balroop. So creative! I enjoy cardamom in a chai tea. A very unique spice, indeed.
Freshly grounded gives the best results Lisa. I am glad you like tea.
Lovely poem Balroop!
Love the choice of cardamone and how you mixed memories, so sweet.
Thank you Marie for coming over to share your thoughts, much appreciated.
One of my favorite spices, for sure! 🙏❤️
Awww, I love this and especially the connection to the grandmother. Well done, Balroop!
Thank you Jan. 🤗
What a great spice, with an excellent poem. I had a period in my life where I used a lot of cardamom.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jacqui.
Hi Balroop, a wonderful poem in response to this prompt.
Thank you Robbie 🤗
This is a lovely poem. Brava!
I love cardamon and your poem, Balroop. This form is lovely and one I should try. 🙂 Have a good weekend!
I like this form Lauren; it gives a little freedom to say more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Beautiful, Balroop. I’ve not used cardamon as an individual spice, but I’ve enjoyed it in my daily teas. 😊
Good to hear that Gwen. Thanks for standing by to share your thoughts.
I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted cardamon, but I loved your poem, Balroop!
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
Some people keep it in their mouth just like chewing gum to freshen their breath. It is used in various ways. 😊 Thank you for reading and liking my poem Yvette, much appreciated.
Wow excellent poem on Cardamoms, Balroop and it is a speciality in our Indian foods especially Biryani. Awesome poem.
Thank you Kamal for sharing your lovely thoughts.
You are always welcome dear Balroop ❤️😊
Balroop, my mouth is watering… cardamon sounds lovely—and in tea! I love curry! This sounds heavenly. What a great Double Etheree. ☕️🫖
Thank you Colleen 🥰
You’re so welcome. I love that you chose an unusual spice, but something you cook with often.
It is not unusual for Indian homes. 😀 Some use it everyday.
I raised two half-Thai daughters. Cardamon is a herb most south Asians use, I think. 🫖☕️
Is cardamom a herb? I don’t think so.
Beautiful tribute to an aromatic spice. Lovely poem, Balroop. 🙂
Thank you Kitty.
This is gorgeous. Looove it!💖🌼
Thank you Jude. 😊
So cute! I love it.
Thank you! Welcome to Emotional Shadows.
Best verse on cardamom I have heard. I use cardamom in everything, so such a lovely thought to read
Thank you so much for stopping by to share your thought, much appreciated.