A favorite Spice


and small,
younger than
black cardamom
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  
distinctive charm,
revered for
© 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.

Thank you.

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58 thoughts on “A favorite Spice

  1. Wow! you come up with such lovely creations for the challenge. Certainly, cardamom is one of the prized spices in the Indian kitchens.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. Beautiful, Balroop. I’ve not used cardamon as an individual spice, but I’ve enjoyed it in my daily teas. 😊

    1. 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.

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