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Haibun: Of Soup and Mush

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October sits between dying days of summer and winter’s icy breath. The maple tree in the front yard was busy last night, carpeting the lawn in retro shades of green, gold, orange and red. It reminds me of my childhood home in the 70’s where life was good. I walk across the leaves to hear the crunch and fill the bird feeder. The sun slips between tree shadows, dazzling where it can. I scan the herb garden for soup ingredients. The painted rock still sits a few feet away. “Every Child Matters”. I think about the “mush” that was served in residential schools and rationed rotten vegetables passed off as meals. I pick the last of my basil.

On the stove, scents of rosemary, thyme and oregano mingle and begin to fill the kitchen. I add the basil, give it a stir, poking gently at fresh carrots, zucchini and roma tomatoes. Contemplating whimsical additions, I open the fridge to find wilting spinach. It will do.

stolen in September

hearts descend in shades of dreams

truth will always rise

It’s Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets Pub.

The theme is soup and I am your host.


26 responses »

  1. I really love the way you describe the way soup is cooked. Adding what you have sometimes give the best soup… my mother used to start with leftover soup from last week and then just added what she had (including other leftovers)

  2. I’ll never forget Michael Moore’s 2015 movie, “Where to Invade Next” and seeing what the students in other countries were served for meals and how it compared to the slop US students are supposed to feed their minds with.

    • There is a lot of “slop” out there for sure for minds and bodies. I don’t think any of it compares though to the hunger and horrible inedible crap that was given to Native American children in residential schools.
      My son followed Michael Moore’s movies. Very enlightening !

      • Oh wow, Mish, why didn’t I know you’d worked in Native American residential schools?? I’m guessing you are still haunted by the experience.

        I’ve seen most of MM’s movies and even saw him live in my hometown some moons ago. It was around the time he spearheaded the renovation of The State Theater in Traverse City. He was trying to convince our small indie theater to jump on board with the idea.

      • Lisa, I am haunted that it happened in our country (and yours) while the rest of us lived mostly normal school experiences. Here is Canada, there is a huge movement of Truth and Reconciliation, an ongoing process that will take many years. I have connections/friendships with many Indigenous people, so I guess I just try to do my part in educating and being part of the healing. Thanks for your comments. I know it was a lighter whisper and that the U.S. hasn’t caught up with all this quite yet.

      • 😦 When I see a certain movement in the U.S. that is trying to put a cover over these heinous and evil acts from our history, it chills my blood. I was just reading about the 8 candidates who are running for 2 MI State Board of Education spots and learned a minimum of 3 of them don’t want the history taught in schools that show what crimes we’ve committed against humanity we’ve done. I really hope people study the candidates before voting this November.

      • It is truly hard to watch. So sad to see things moving backwards over there. Sending good vibes!

  3. Drooling. And thanks for the tasty prompt!

  4. A great haibun, Mish. I like the full circle of life that comes out in your Haiku.

  5. What a soul satisfying soup you’ve created, Mish.

  6. I could smell your soup – and it smelt wonderful! Yum!

  7. A stirring haibun Mish. Thanks for dropping by my blog.


  8. Such lovely haibun Mish. I loved your red maple carpeting the lawn ☺️💕

  9. Wow Mish, that sounds like a harsh school meal. 😕

    • They were harsh residential schools that Native American children were forced to attend. Recently in Canada thousands of unmarked graves have been discovered on the properties of these hell holes. As we begin the journey of “Truth and Reconciliation” in our country, the first step is listening to the stories of survivors. Many news articles online. Not sure if and when the U.S. will follow with acknowledgement of the same.

  10. Memories of school lunches past ~~~ I have many / not all of them positive as you so deftly described. Thanks for a great challenge .. my story happened last week, writing while it was fresh in my mind was easy.

  11. My mouth’s already watering 😋 Nicely penned!

  12. What a beautiful haibun Mish.

  13. A nice Haibun, am smelling the soup too..but that memory of the mush…my goodness. A good write.



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