Sunday, September 2, 2012

Irises




I thought you said ‘irises’
I was sure I heard ‘irises’
so sure I wondered if they were new
a spring vegetable, a pop group, the latest global crisis?
I didn’t want to disappoint, so ...
I peeled all the buds and sautéed them in lemon oil
Poisonous you say? And the garden naked of purple spikes

Must get my eyes tested
Shame, they looked spectacular on the salad ...
think I’ll serve it anyway



A new Magpie!  The image (which I am not clever enough to paste here) is beautiful. More Magpies, with images (no doubt) here.

36 comments:

Brian Miller said...

haha, kinda fun little piece...and the thought of peeling and cooking the irises....ha...are they poisonous? and still going to serve them...hmmm....might not come over to eat...smiles.

Kay said...

very good...but don't eat bulbs unless they are onions!!!! iris in a vase please...loved your take though...x

flipside records said...

This is fantastic. Could be quite layered. Love this part:

"I peeled all the buds and sautéed them in lemon oil
Poisonous you say? And the garden naked of purple spikes"

I love the way you act so sweet and innocent, as if you are trying to please. But all the while you're masking the poisonous in delicious seasonings. And even when your "error" is pointed out, you continue to serve the poison with a smile. Brilliant metaphor.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Yeah!... Leave the decision to them. To eat or not to eat... LOL!.. Fun read...

JJRod'z

Berowne said...

Think I'll stick with edamame and goat cheese. :-)

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh yes...serve it anyway...delightful write, Isabel! (sorry about the pic thing)

Grace said...

Please serve it...I like the ingredients here ~ Very creative ~

Lyn said...

Next time I'll bring a taster with me! Can't wait for the cookbook to come out...fun is very good!!

Paige + Shauna said...

cool, funny poem. i thought of
iris-colored eyeballs swimming on
top of a salad like olives.

Linda said...

How inventive are you Isabel, without the image but a recipe instead? It's so creatively delicious with all your wonderings and unusual thinking. Thank you for sharing this delightful work. I love it. =D

Ritva said...

Witty! The end blew me away... :D

Wayne Pitchko said...

well done....thanks for sharing your words

jane.healy said...

Remind me to ask about the onions next time ...

jabblog said...

First of all, I'm so glad to see you back again:-)

Secondly, your poem made me smile and reinforces why I do not forage. The food I serve may be boring and bland BUT - it won't kill you;-) (usually)

Ginny Brannan said...

Ooh, I like the intrigue in this. I see similarities to "Arsenic and Old Lace!" Very "Hitchcockian!!!"

Helen said...

.. and we're off to get new glasses? Your poem is surreal and I like it!!

Karen S. said...

I thought they said that too! How funny, and I really like how you wrote this. I too saw them engaged in conversation, almost like they were holding back a big secret and having fun along the way. Great fun, thanks!

Little Nell said...

Remind me to stay well clear of this restauarant! Very funny.

~T~ said...

Delicious poem!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

I would have served them too,,,

Anna :o]

Laurie Kolp said...

This made me smile. Irises is perfect!

Susan said...

" I peeled all the buds and sautéed them in lemon oil
Poisonous you say? And the garden naked of purple spikes"

I love how in this poem your character is more concerned with appearances than reality! Hmm. Or is that just an artful show? HaHA! I cannot remember when I first learned that when someone hands me candy and flowers I should only eat the candy.

Catfish Tales said...

As artful as a Hitchcock tale!

izzy said...

Danger ! danger- cool, Not that I would want to chance poison...

Rene Foran said...

wicked!

Karen S. said...

Excellent ~~~~ you had me at
"I rise's!" I am feeling almost as funky as the artist's creation and just enjoy how you spun it for us too!

Lyn said...

Let's meet for drinks...afterwards!I sometimes wonder at the amazing originality...such as this!!

Chris Lawrence said...

Isabel that was a treat delicious in it's own way

Kutamun said...

Very entertaining and original, Isabel , thanks

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderfully clever!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

it is so different and interesting...the last stanza holds so much....

She Writes said...

Eeek, a bit creepy!

Margaret said...

Clever girl. 'they looked spectacular on the salad"... it often is all about presentation! :)

Kathe W. said...

hah- leaving them anyway! Very fun!

Sue said...

Delightfully wicked.

=)

Raven said...

I enjoyed the self-converation here.