For the dVerse “bon appetit” prompt, to write some food poetry, based on this morning’s breakfast:


7 am and grandad has already fed the chooks
and milked the cow.
Now he waits for his breakfast.
Grammy puts handfuls of oats into the big saucepan –
two handfuls per person
plus a couple for the pot.
Warm, creamy milk,
still foamy,
is poured in from the milking bucket.
Then we wait patiently as she stirs,
watching for the porridge to thicken.
Poured into bowls,
we add huge spoonfuls of grandad’s homemade jam –
paddy-melon, plum or strawberry.


This morning.
0800 and the kids are fed and dressed,
Chromebooks and smartphones charged and packed,
and the car is disappearing through the gate.
Leaving me to WFH: some marking, some reading,
some online meetings.
But first –
half a cup of quick-oats,
and a cup of lite milk,
and into the microwave for 2.5 minutes.
Onto the table,
where a huge spoonful of my homemade jam is added –
apricot, plum or blackberry.
This morning I choose plum.


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30 responses to “porridge

  1. Delish this – I so liked the homemade jam at the end – from then to now is not so far after all.

  2. Nicely connected. I had never heard of paddy melon: learned something new. πŸ˜ƒ

  3. I enjoyed this! I may even go back to eating porridge! JIM

  4. Yes; delicious. For me: Apricot, please.

  5. You had me worried there for a moment but your homemade jam saved the day! πŸ˜€

  6. Ah Kate, you bring real pleasure into my day! What a fine writer you are.

  7. A delicious pleasure to read. Yum. Enjoy your day, Kate. πŸ’— πŸ‘

  8. I stir nutmeg into my oats. Cream over when dished. Yum! The difference in time, when people still had time.

  9. Marvellous! Chooks and a cow – it’s a hard convince that time means progress. I really enjoyed this, Kate. Thanks for writing to the prompt.

    • Thanks Misky, it was a great prompt! It stimulated so many good poems. I’m not convinced about progress either.
      “Progress just means bad things happen faster” Granny Weatherwax.

  10. You can do the oats in any way, but the homemade jam is what is most important.

    We use steel cut oats with our jam.

  11. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely stellar writing, Kate πŸ˜€ I love porridge! ❀️❀️

  12. This made me hungry specially the homemade jam. So well done.

  13. M

    Ok, yum, memory and current ( if not currant)

  14. Times change, memories don’t 😌 A great read. Thank you very much for sharing.

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