Spices That Talk - A Funny Poem

Image by Susan Zutautas
Image by Susan Zutautas

I went into my kitchen looking to see

Who was making all the noise

Whom could it be


Then I saw Basil and Sage looking at me

Laughing and giggling pointing at Bay Leaf


Nutmeg and Cinnamon were there too

Rolling around clinking as jars do


Rosemary was the first to speak

We want to run through Lemongrass

We think it would be sweet in this heat


Chives has offered to take us on a long drive

To get out and see the country side


We could stop at the groves

Pipes up Garlic and Cloves


Excuse me but I have a small request says Fennel

I would like to stop and see puppies at the Kennel


Clearing her throat and whispering sparsely

The fresh air would be good for me, said Parsley


Can I bring all my seeds with me asks Cardamom

If I leave them behind I will not be a good Mom


What shall I wear says Dill

Would something green make me look like a pill


What are you afraid of answers Cumin

You silly spice it’s not like you’re human


Don’t you pick on him says celery seed

Be nice, be polite, we all have needs


That’s right, we all should treat each other with respect

Spoke up Lemon Pepper, or you will get decked


The mustard seed started heating up

Let’s go now before I erupt


Ginger started to roll to the door

Come on gang, we may see the shore


Right behind you said Alum

It has been years since I have swum


So into the car the spices did pile

Off for a ride, they were all smiles


Cayenne Pepper was lagging behind

Run said Curry we are all in a hurry


As the car drove off down the road

I was scratching my head, it was about to explode





©Copyright Susan Zutautas 2011



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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

PaisleeGal, Thanks, so glad you like it.


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PaisleeGal 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

This is so humorous! I adore and use word pictures often. I could just imagine all the spices ascending from the cupboard, onto the counter, to the floor and out the door.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

rajan, Thank you, glad you enjoyed my poem :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I thouroughly enjoyed this write up. thanks for sharing. Spices do tend to make their presence felt!! Thanks for sharing. Voted up & interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

sankari, So glad that you liked this and thank you.


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sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

A nice one! Got inspired by it and have written a hub "Taste of Life"! This one was a very great one! Voted up and interesting!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Frank, This was a lot of fun to write... Glad you liked it.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

Refreshingly amazing.. yeah it is very clever.. but if I were to read between the lines.. it is important to use spices.. the more you use the more they talk..right LOL yep..you are a clever writer


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

rorshak, freecampingaussie and ehow, Thanks everyone!


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ehow101 5 years ago from LA

Very creative... you made me smile and that's a good thing :-)


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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

Loved your poem ! First thing I saw when I got on here today !


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Great write up! :) My mother recently started growing her own herbs. I love the smell of them. Your descriptions were a perfect match for the pics. Great job.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sunshine, Thanks and so glad that I could make you smile as you make me smile with so many of your hubs :)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Susan...this is some funny stuff! I'll never look at spices the same way again!!! Thanks for the smile :))


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Todd I think you are pretty cool too :)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Susan, you're so cool :-D>


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

dahoglund, Thanks so much.

Kate, Glad you enjoyed this :)


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Kate Bullock 5 years ago

Well done! I enjoyed it very much.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I am rather ignorant of spices. I grew up where spices mostly meant salt and pepper.Now I know enough to recognize the names of the spices you mention but only a few of teh uses. It is a cleaver poem though.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Alicia, Thanks and I am glad you liked it.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed your funny and creative poem, Susan! What an amusing and interesting review of kitchen spices.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

leroy, Glad to have made you laugh.


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leroy64 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

Thanks, I needed the laugh.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Colin, Thank you, this is such a nice compliment coming from you as I enjoy your poetry so much.

I am looking forward to the fall actually as it is my favorite season, but am enjoying the summer. Hope that you had a nice swim.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well I always thought you were a 'spicy' gal Susan but this certainly takes the proverbial poetic cake my friend ...and congratulations on joining the ranks of the elite - I have always admired your writing and your choice of hub subjects.

I sincerely hope you are having a terrific safe and happy summer thus far my fellow Canadian but it's funny how time goes and it's August already.

lake erie time 10:44am - making good use of the lake this summer - I'm jumping in there right now as a matter of fact.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

mtsi, So sorry that I left out the crushed red pepper. I will try and add it just for you. :)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, I think it is the heat that is getting to me :)

Ruby, You just never know what those spices are going to be planning.

attemptedhumour, I like your joke :)

Truckstop Sally, I wanted to put all the spices in the picture that are in my cuboard, but then I thought, then I will have so many to put back. I put red peppers on rice, and potatoes and so many other things.

Sharyn and Movie Master, Thanks so much, glad you liked it.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Fennel It is so nice to see you here :)

RH, Thanks and can you play me a few bars of that tune?

drjb, Glad you liked it and you just gave me a new idea for a poem thank you :)

Daffy Duck, Thanks so much you are so kind. Sorry to leave out the Butter and Honey but they were lagging behind.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Fiddleman, marellen, CTC, Silent and Rosemay, Thank you all and glad you enjoyed this. It was fun to write.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

This is so much fun, very clever, LOVED IT!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Funny and creative and unique, etc. What a fun, clever hub Susan!!!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Love this hub! Crushed red pepper is a staple in my pantry. Gotta have it on pizza!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

What a great idea Susan and executed with a dash of clever humour. This really made my morning. Well done.

PS Where does Saddam Hussein keep his spices?

In Iraq.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

HaHa, This is so cute and clever. I'm gonna go look at all my spices to make sure they didn't take off. Hee


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Susan, what spices have you been taking? LOL..

I think Alum got to your head!...lol Very funny. I just love it, every time I am ready to cook I am sure I'll remember this...lol


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Very clever Susan, and creatively worded! Gave me a mini spice refresher course too, I forget to use many of these! Rated up and awesome!


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

This hub is pretty clever, awesome and funny

But you forgot to mention the butter and honey

I know they're not spices, I know that it's true

but trying to cook without'em could prove impossible to you.

I hope this doesn't cause between us some tention

I did vote up along with the others I mentioned


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Delightful and creative, Susan - loved every poetic moment.

You have included some spices I never did see.

But you better take your meds. It always works for me!

Rated up, m'dear.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So cute Susan! I just cleaned out my spice cabinet - next time I will be thinking of this poem:) I was shocked to find I had Tarragon! So I made your salmon recipe.

I love the imagery - especially running through Lemongrass! That does sound sweet! Really clever - up and all that! I kept hearing a tune as I read it - whimsical!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Love this, you have very cleverly humanised the spice cupboard with lots of fun. As a Fennelseed from way back, I felt right at home :) (Love those puppies too!!!!)


mtsi1098 5 years ago

a very clever perspective on the kitchen spices but I wonder how the crushed red pepper would feel being left out :)


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Very cute and clever


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

I pop into your kitchen/attracted by the ruckus/what a perfect group of helpers/this new recipe calls for :)


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago

Great hub Susan, very creative. Voted Up, Useful, and Interesting.


marellen 5 years ago

Susan how fun and creative....I have a smile on my face now......


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Very clever and a great write.

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