Noodles... and My PawPaw's Barn

My PawPaw's barn

















Vermicelli noodles
Saute' in my skillet
Smelling comparable to hay
As I stir

At once I'm reminded
Of the red weather beaten
Barn behind my
Maw Maw and Paw Paw's house

A playhouse, a hideout
Conceivably dangerous
Wonderland
To my cousins and I

The hay...

Harvested
Rolled
Stacked
In every corner

A musty, earth smell
A dry, animal smell
And Suddenly I'm no
Longer hungry

I watch as they brown
Just like my Grandfathers
Skin after a day tending
His fields; his cows

Wiping his brow
Blue hankerchief
Soaked with pride

"C'est chaud. J'ai besoin d'un verre d'eau."
... He says when he walks through the door

The noodles...

Stirring, encircling
The smell shifting
From musty to burnt

Burnt Hay...

Even cows wouldn't
Eat this crap
I conclude as I stare


So... I let it burn


Dana


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22 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking us, to the barn, to meet your paw paw, to watch the noodles burn!
    Beautiful!

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    1. Your welcome... and Thank you for coming by to visit! My PawPaw was a really special man... a heart of gold.

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  2. ha...nice...was very cool to step into your life...love the textures of your paw paw....made me smile...and if it takes you good places...let the noodles burn surely...really nice write...

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    1. It's crazy how little things like cooking dinner can take you to far off places and conjure beautiful memories. Thanks Brian!

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  3. I feel as though you took me into your thought process, and it's great that you have a sense of humor about it.

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    1. I did actually! I really enjoyed the memory that the smell of the noodles brought to me. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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    1. Thanks! I really tried to take you guys with me.

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  5. Great capture of the scents and smell of this ~

    Enjoyed the visit ~

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    1. I wish I could attach smell onto my post as well as pictures! That would have been great. Thank you Heaven for stopping by to read!

      I'm going to be reading everyone else's later tonight.

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    1. Thank you! I tried to describe it so everyone else could see it too.

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  7. nice..i like how scents can take us back to the most unexpected places...loved the Blue hankerchief
    Soaked with pride... reminded me a bit of my uncle who was a farmer as well

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    1. I like it too! My grandfather had that blue hanky in his pocket all the time. Thank you for stopping by to read!

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  8. teehee i burnt some onions this afternoon
    you must have guessed =)

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    1. Haha! Did they remind you of anything? hehe Thanks for stopping by to visit!

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    2. Thank you so much Dana for remembering that old barn that holds so many memories for us all. Love you... Aunt Connie

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    3. Your very welcome Aunt Connie! I'm glad you enjoyed it and I love you too!

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  9. I love the way you wove your words with the cooking and the people, the hay--very smooth and well worded; I was wandering along enjoying it all then you made me laugh at the end!

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    1. Thank you! I was worried it wasn't going to make sense, but I wanted to take you through my thought process.

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