Editor's Choice "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread ~ John Daleiden, US




The Horn of Plenty


Thirty-nine poets from thirteen countries contributed one-hundred-ninety-two verses to the May / June 30, 2011 "vegetable(s)" Haiku Thread.

The vegetable is versatile and plays many roles in contemporary life across the globe. Vegetable usually means an edible plant or part of a plant other than a sweet fruit or seed. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant. However, this concept is based on culinary and cultural traditions and is therefore, somewhat subjective. While many vegetables are consumed raw, many are cooked to make them edible. Vegetables are eaten in a variety of ways, as part of main meals and as snacks. The nutritional content of vegetables varies considerably, though generally they contain little protein or fat, and varying proportions of vitamins, dietary minerals, fiber and carbohydrates.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables helps people ward off heart disease and stroke, controls blood pressure and cholesterol, prevents some types of cancer, avoids a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guards against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

The Haiku submitted to this Thread have suggested diverse relationships to people. unlikely combination—vegetables and romance:

vegetable garden—
between peas and tomatoes
our first kiss

# 22. Andrzej Dembonczyk, PL

the dinner party
baby corn and carrots
wrapped in candle light

# 184. Karin Anderson, AU

under trellises
their blooming vegan romance
yields snap peas

# 143. Alegria Imperial, CA

two peas in a pod
shelled on the same day
identical twins

# 28. Stella Armour, UK

middle of the night—
my pregnant wife covets
fresh lettuce

# 179. Cezar Ciobica, RO

...vegetables provide a seemingly endless bounty all over the world:

African market—
mounds of vegetables
I don't recognise

# 186. Juliet Wilson, UK

summer harvest:
the salad bowl
shames the rainbow!

# 11. Chitra Rajappa, IN

stems and leaves,
flower stalks, roots, and seeds
vegetable delight

# 62. Munia Khan, BD

a new potato
on the garden fork tine
Christmas Day

# 149. André Surridge, NZ

Filled solarium—
among cucumber blooms
tomatoes budding

# 138. Maria Tirenescu, RO

carrots and parsley
embrace in the pot
this soup heals souls

# 76. Evica Kraljić, CR

...vegetables are a part of the human gourmet experience!

appetite teaser—
cauliflower florets
in his soup bowl

# 45. Sandra Martyres, IN

bean soup
with roast sausages
lunch for uncle

# 25. Tatjana Debeljacki, SR

fine dining
ahhh! but there's no carrot
on my stew

# 172. . Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

red carrots
in my Sunday soup...
taste of sunshine

# 118. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

...humans are not the only beings who enjoy the gourmet aspect of vegetables:

open house…
snails dine al fresco
in my lettuce patch

# 36. Cara Holman, US

leaf of lettuce
waymarks behind
a snail

# 13. Vera Primorac, CR

in my fresh greens
a caterpillar feasting—
hot summer day

# 43. Sandra Martyres, IN

in the restaurant
a slug in the salad
and a smaller bill

# 174. Malvina Mileta, CR

pool of moonlight:
a raccoon paw
fondles an eggplant

# 05. Emily Romano, US

under the pumpkin's leaves
a harsh croaking

# 46. Djurdja Vukelic-Rozic, CR

...vegetables permeate the fabric of life and appeal to all generations:

hometown memories...
a bag of mixed veggies

# 20. Chen-ou Liu, CA

tonight, the same shade
as the mountains

# 06. Stevie Strang, US

vegetable carving
a fine art
in Thailand

# 79. Sandra Martyres, IN

first pickings
the plunk of peas
in a pan

# 83. Bernard Gieske, US

the whisper of corn silk
between my fingers

# 03. Cara Holman, US

sultry day—
the seller fanning himself
with cabbage leaves

# 189. Cezar Ciobica, RO

the little cowboy
peas corralled
on his plate

# 81. Bernard Gieske, US

chilly spices
mixed in chicken curry
my grandfather's choice

# 169. Priyanka Bhowmick, IN

stiring up snow
grandmother looks for leeks—
soup for granddaughter

# 104. Nada Jačmenica, CR

hot peppers—
jumping from the swing
on a dare

# 38. Cara Holman, US

never changing
mashed potatoes and peas—
Grandma's menu

# 148. Sandra Martyres, IN

...a good laugh at the foibles of life is sometimes far better than a doctor's prescription to treat the mysterious aches and pains experienced in life.  These poets link a light hearted sense of humor with vegetables:

Popeye cartoons—
my son reminds me
to eat spinach

# 187. Cezar Ciobica, RO

eating carrots
Bugs Bunny
as role model

# 168. Patricia Carragon, US

no baby
among the cabbage leaves
only a stump

# 119. Irena Szewczyk, PL

a giant pumpkin
Cinderella smiles
from her carriage

# 67. Sandra Martyres, IN

teetering high heels
and a cauliflower
child bride’s dress up

# 126. Karin Anderson, AU

carrots in the basket—
so many noses
for snowmen

# 02. Vania Stefanova, BG

Everyone likes a laugh and these senyru brought smiles to my face and an "oh, yeah, that problem!" response. Ironically, these social problems have been liked by the poets to the ubiquitous vegetable:

Year of the rabbit—
the vendors raise
the carrots' price

# 130. Cezar Ciobica, RO

cucumber salad...
a patient trembles thinking
of e-coli

# 86. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

out of Europe
deadly bacteria
in vegetables

# 110. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

...a major gross out!

mixing veggies
in a large wok
chef licks his fingers

# 77. Sandra Martyres, IN

...or, on a more personal level...

veggie platters
her voluptuous rump
is showing less meat

# 170. Patricia Carragon, US

rotten tomato
how I feel
about you

# 164. Patricia Carragon, US

and he wonders how he got
kidney stones

# 100. Stella Pierides, DE

celery crunch—
I always knew you threw
the dice

# 21. Stella Pierides, DE

sunday brunch
with the inlaws
the taste of pepperwort

# 07. Kirsten Cliff, NZ.

from every sill
the smell of tomatoes

# 162. Scott Owens, US

So, while many individuals consider the "vegetable" to be a physician's prescription to prevent ailments, other poets see a more unsavory relationship!

The haiku from the thread included in this Editor's Choice were selected because they meet these criteria:

  • contain 5 7 5 syllables or less arranged on three consecutive lines

  • constructed with fragment and phrase techniques (See Jane Reichold)

  • use a kirejiwritten and / or unwritten, but obviously present

  • all of the haiku cite a vegetabe as required by the Thread directions

  • some haiku contain a kigo

  • many use juxtaposition to express implied themes

  • some haiku use the middle line as a pivot

  • some haiku use a kigo

morning breeze
the horn of plenty

John Daleiden
Phoenix, Arizona in the Sonoran Desert










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