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:
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.