Friday, March 8, 2013

Tiny Harmonies: Origin Haiku


Tapped trees, blue tubing,
A sugar shack smokes sweetly.
Our choice is Grade B.



Today marks the first installment of Suze's Tiny Harmonies series.  Go check out her blog, Subliminal Coffee, to learn more and to visit others writing haiku on today's theme: origin.


30 comments:

  1. Expressive and resonant: nicely done.

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  2. What *is* the difference between Grade A and Grade B?

    Also, I had this this the other day and, of course, thought of you.

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    1. I won't pretend to be an expert on syrup grades. Here's Wikipedia's explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_syrup#Grades

      We love maple candy - pure decadence!

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    2. Rewind. My new comment: Good with syrup.

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    3. 'Tis the season. Hoping for a longer sap-running period this year.

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    4. I also meant to mention that I really enjoyed the double alliteration (consonance) in your second line. That was beautifully-done, B.

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    5. Thank you - a happy accident, I assure you.

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  3. I'll state the obvious: your haiku is very "sweet".

    Sorry. I couldn't resist. Really, I do like your haiku. Good job.

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    1. Ha! Walked right into that one, didn't I?

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Whew, I am crazy for that. And am loving the very wide gamut of responses to this one word subject.
    Have an excellent weekend.

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    1. You, too. And thank you for stopping by.

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  5. Sounds like your own origins are from the land of the Green Mountain Boys?

    I've never had sap/syrup so close to its origins, but I've heard it's deciduous... er, delicious. :-)

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    1. I live in Vermont now but I grew up in Maryland.

      As for maple syrup, there truly is nothing like the real thing. People do tend to develop a grade loyalty, though. Last year's sap-running season was disastrously short. Hoping for better this time.

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  6. I was just going to say what @lost In Provence said. What a huge range of thought.
    Wonderful haiku

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Cheers to you also, parsnip! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Superb! I love maple syrup- had no idea it was graded though- best with pancakes and bacon for me :-)

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    1. Sweet and savory are a magical combination. We had breakfast-for-dinner tonight: blueberry waffles and sausage. Plenty of syrup, of course.

      Thanks for visiting!

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    2. Okay. Keep an open mind, but here is a great combination of flavors:

      French toast (preferably Challah) with a smear of peanut butter, sliced bananas and (grade B, apparently) maple syrup with (if you eat it) extra-crispy bacon on the side. And hot coffee!

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    3. I am allergic to PB so I'll have to take your word for it. Otherwise, it sounds good.

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    4. I thought of that after I typed this and felt badly. No-nuts lady (your mom and the special Christmas loaf. Sorry.)

      Are there any nuts you are not allergic to?

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    5. Oh goodness, no need to apologize. After all, I live with people who eat PB!

      Actually, peanuts are not technically nuts so not everyone who is allergic to the one is also allergic to the other. I'm just one of the unlucky who can't eat either.

      In general, I try to avoid all of them. Almonds are also technically not nuts so I'm not as cautious with them. The ones that really give me trouble are walnuts. They have very little flavor of their own so it's easy to eat one by accident. With a peanut, on the other hand, I always know right away.

      Fortunately, I'm not the sort who has to be hospitalized. Still, you wouldn't want to be me when I've eaten one by accident.

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    6. :(

      My nephew is the same way. My sister (his mom) carries an EpiPen and his sisters can't have PB around him. He has a twin (a girl) but she has no nut allergies.

      Guess which episode of a certain show I'm thinking of ...

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    7. Hmm... I feel like there must be some obvious nut allergy episode in a show we've discussed previously but it's not coming to me.

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    8. Yep. We discussed the show (briefly) but never the particular episode. I think I may be a much bigger fan than you. :)

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    9. Okay...

      Love the show but didn't remember that particular episode.

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  8. Grade B is the BEST. John & I made maple syrup when we lived in Wisconsin, & we never fail to remember at this time of year.

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    1. Ah, the upper Midwest... I spent my first year out of college in Minnesota - a fine part of the world.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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