Wednesday, November 18, 2009

starter culture



Thanks to Gautami Tripathy of Rooted for this week's prompt, reincarnation.


starter culture

she called it sour milk
placed a heavy rimmed
glass of lucidity
on the radiator
little did I know
it was a starter culture

From a childhood memory of my mother making what she called “sour milk“. A type of yogurt. Once you have the starter culture, it lives forever…or as long as you keep it going. I see this as a metaphor for infusing “culture” or essence, into life with consciousness and purpose.

20 comments:

Deborah said...

What a lovely thought - it keeps on going and nourishing indefinitely.

Cassiopeia Rises said...

Very nicely done. Such a lovely thought.


love, Melanie

fourwindshaiga said...

I just ran to get two loaves of sourdough out of the oven before I wrote this. What a good idea for this prompt.

Jim said...

And Gabrielle, then did she make yogurt to eat or was it to use for something else? I don't know how to make sourdough bread but Sandy (above) must know.
I think Mrs. Jim has used sourdough starter before but not from using just the sour milk. She got her 'starter' from someone else.

That is a nice thought of starting something that will last like that.
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Cloudia said...

Yes! Well said!



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Shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

right thoughts...i agree...

great job..

the walking man said...

All of everything has to begin somewhere. All of everything needs to be kept going for it to continue. Some cultures need to be restarted in a different glass.

Nice piece Gabriel. Good thinking behind it.

gautami tripathy said...

I like this! Very original..

time and time again

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Loch Rob said...

It is amazing what we can create from a small seed or idea. Sometimes deciding to "plant" is the hardest thing. I appreciate your comments on my blog. Sometimes I have a hard time getting my thoughts out in so few, meaningful words. My best.

Amity Me said...

that's true, same with making wine, you should have mother liquor as culture i guess, tried making one when i was in high school!

care to visit my space, and thanks in advance!

if said...

interesting association of ideas...!

Patti said...

Loved that- kind of like Amish friendship bread,,,

Tumblewords: said...

Clever and lovely!

SandyCarlson said...

Your poem is very beautiful. I remember making such yogurt.

Jeeves said...

Interesting

zoya gautam said...

.. ' the only culture i know is agriculture ' / not - original

- - this is a wonderful poem ..

many thanks ..

Dianne said...

a wonderful metaphor

Quiet Paths said...

This is a very good interpretation of the prompt!

Sarah Hina said...

I love finding the circle in things, the blurring of endings with beginnings.

So nice to meet you, Gabrielle.

Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

amazing. i'm helpless to apply this to endless 'starter' ideas.