Accepting Haikus

I am always glad to receive an inspired MY PLATE HAIKU regarding food, eating, cooking, agriculture or nourishment. I include these lovely haikus on a rotational basis or when they are particularly relevant at the end of each of my posts and include the poet’s first name. Please see my posts Dietary Haiku and Haiku for You and submit your offering on one of the comment links. Moving beyond the formal haiku structure is acceptable and any inspired phrase or poetic expression is welcome.

As of July 2015, I am transforming these MY PLATE HAIKUS into Instagram messages. Upon submission, please let me know if I can use your offering and first name for such purposes.

Also, I am eager to receive MY PLATE PLATES. These can be pictures of just a beautiful plate or a plate filled with the type of food that you feel provides loving nourishment to you or to those you care for. This is a re-visioning of the USDA MyPlate model of feeding.

With appreciation, Elyn

MY Plate Haikus

Are we what we eat/Or do we eat what we are/Are they the same thing?  Julie

The farmers’ market/Each egg at the dairy stand/A different color.  Enki

Spread peanut butter/On whole grain sweet dark bread/Raspberry jam-yum.  Barb

Food made joyfully/As a gift of time and self/Feeds body and soul.  Anne-Marie

Deep scarlet red beets/Reveal your sweetness to me/Slip out of your skins.  Elyn

Blueberry bushes/Three children with empty pails/Pluck, pluck, crunch, exhale. Michael

Craving for pickles/And German chocolate cake/My friend is pregnant. Gretchen

Smooth peanut butter/Spread on a peeled banana/Snack time perfection.  Gretchen

Hunger tiptoes in/From bellies, hearts or minds/Feed me now she calls.  Eva

Grasses, grain, fruit, wine/Garden flowers produce joy/Kitchen flours bread.  Gordon

Food is medicine/Farmers are doctors, Cooks priests/Eat, pray, eat, pray, love.  Gordon

Peach baskets brimming/Raspberries ripe on the bush/Apples soon to come.  Anna

Pick your own today/Happy kids in wide-brimmed hats/Sweet summertime fruit.  Nan

Adirondack lake/Soothes us from the heat–weightless/We float like feathers. Elyn

Thanks to our farmer/Blueberries kissed by the sun/So much to enjoy!  Crystal
In the dark places/I ask courage to believe/I am beautiful.  Anne-Marie
Lagoon watercress/Peppers my tongue/With spring joy.  Roxanne
What’s with my tummy/Expanding and contracting/Like the moon above.  David
It is easier/To reprimand the sinner/Than change the system.  Julie
Hearts are not/ Just reserved for romance/Every living thing is in love.  Kat

Love is a deeper season/Than reason/My Sweet One  e.e. (cummings)

Two restaurants’ menus/ Surprise me by offering/ Chickpea Quinoa Cakes. Elyn

Did you really think/ That you could hide fish in rice?/Oh, the green paste burns! Francesco

I lick your nose, I lick your nose again/I drag my claws down your eyelids/Oh, you’re up? Feed me. Cat. Francesco
(from I Could Pee on This and other poems by cats collected by Francesco Marciuliano)
I often wonder/What did they eat for breakfast?/Those who go and kill. Elyn

4 thoughts on “Accepting Haikus

    • dear gina, it is a pleasure and honor to hear from you. yes, i have added your link to my article “no passing”. i will try to stay abreast of your work and mission to bring real, alive food to all people (which is my cause as well) and to highlight your amazing efforts where i can in my humble writings. food is medicine. in health, elyn zimmerman


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