Yesterday’s Lore #tanka

Last season’s harvest
Lasts through the long, cold winter
A forgotten lore
With modern ways we forget
Ancient wisdom to live by

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week was poet’s choice. I chose a tanka.

This is another drawing I recently found. I just colorized it today. Back before refrigeration and shipping from all over the world, people had to make their vegetables last all winter. By March there would be little choice left…

29 thoughts on “Yesterday’s Lore #tanka

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  2. Marsha

    I wonder how long jellies last? Because they are preserved by sugar, I think they could maybe last ten years. Why not? Very thought or memory-provoking poem, Trent. The artwork is beautiful, too. I’m jealous of your ability to draw so beautifully.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      We do rely too much on these conveniences. Hopefully there won’t be a reason that will force us back, but I think it is better for everyone if people do think about it, do a little of their own gardening, keep some veggies through the winter, etc.

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  4. Colleen M. Chesebro

    What a great drawing! I love still life art. Your tanka complements it, too! I remember my Grandma had a root cellar. She canned most of what she grew. The summers I spent with her in Kansas involved a lot of gardening. I still love it today. <3

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Colleen! We still see some of these winter veggies and things, but rarely think about what they meant to the people who had to have them to get through the winter months! Unfortunately, although I know root cellars well, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the term is the movie Psycho ;)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          lol, at least the watermelon pickles sound much better than the “preserves” that Norman kept in that root cellar! Oh, sorry, the mind wandering again. When I moved into my house, there was a shelf full of old jellies and stuff, most decades old. The people who rehabbed the place had already thrown most out, but somehow left some for us to find.

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