BP: Haiku Dialogue–Finding peace and…

contemplation in worn, imperfect, and transient old things…cast iron kettle. This week’s photo prompt at the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, was a cast iron kettle.

Growing up in this pedometer geek’s household, there was a series of tea kettles, but none of them were cast iron. Long story short on the lifetime of tea kettles in our house was that a few of them melted down when the water dried up. Maybe a cast iron tea kettle would have been useful, but I digress.

Through all the years, though, my mother had a cast iron skillet, that was well seasoned. She used it for many things, one of which always stood out to me. It was this use that the haiku focused upon, and Marietta McGregor chose to include this haiku in this column. This pedometer geek’s haiku is as follows:

cornbread bakes

in mom’s cast iron skillet

ham and beans

~Nancy Brady, 2021

Ham and beans was a favorite meal of my parents. They especially enjoyed it during the fall and winter months, but it was one of the only meals in which my mom would be willing to fix my sisters and me something else. It was usually eggs and toast, but I still would enjoy a slice of cornbread with butter as well as cornbread and milk for dessert despite the substitute dinner. To my way of thinking, it was the best of both worlds.

To read all the haiku on the subject, check out http://www.thehaikufoundation.org under Haiku Dialogue. Thank you, Marietta, for including one of my haiku this week; it is appreciated.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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7 Responses to BP: Haiku Dialogue–Finding peace and…

  1. This is wonderful, Nan—the post and the haiku. Oh, those cast iron skillets and the memories they evoke! I don’t know how any kitchen can function without at least one, since the best edibles come out of them. I hope you still have it! B

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  2. Jules says:

    You have to have the right stoves to make use of cast iron cookware. Doesn’t work well on Electric or glass cooktops.

    Nice memory.

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  3. Reminds me of my mother-in-law’s cooking. Always had cornbread. My wife’s father’s favorite dessert was cornbread in buttermilk. The cast iron skillet was a necessity. To Jules’ point, they had an electric stove after moving. Hated it. Always had issues. Once I married, my wife said she would never have anything but gas. Cheers

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    • Your wife is a wise woman, requesting a gas stove, Michael.

      Well, since leaving home, all I have had is electric stoves. I grew up with gas stoves and ovens though. I sometimes wish for a gas stove, but I have learned to do without. I recently made cookies, which my mother used to make. I finally got a copy of the recipe, and the directions indicated that they were to be baked in a gas oven. I wasn’t sure they would turn out right, but they did fortunately. ~nan

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