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When all else fails, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to this week’s Tanka Tuesday challenge. The prompt: Write syllabic poetry about a spice. Read the full guidelines here:

I chose my go to remedy for just about everything: the knobbly ginger root, and I serenaded this perfect accompaniment to life’s ups and downs in a shadorma.

When all else fails

Bad cold, migraine, sore throat, feeling blue, sick, dizzy, bout of arthritis, any one of the above or all? Nothing helps. Nothing? I like this combo: rest and ginger.

Tough rhizome!
Freshly sliced, infused,
I need you,
rough, ready, fragrant fire, 
comfort, with a kick. 

30 thoughts on “When all else fails, by Britta Benson

  1. Ginger! I have a hard time getting it at the grocery (COVID pared down the selection in almost every department!) so the last time I shredded some and then sliced part of it and froze it all in containers premeasured for my Carrot Ginger soup, for in my fragrant rice, and a little for adding to the next apple pie!

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    1. Ginger is an essential. Luckily, always available here. Carrot Ginger soup sounds amazing. How about a blog post ‘Looking at Carrot Ginger soup’? I’m just trying a sneaky way to get the recipe…


  2. Yes, my mam used to use ginger too when feeling under the weather. Honey & lemon too. Never got the taste for ginger but always have the latter 2 when I have a cold or flu! ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜

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  3. P. S. Britta, may I have your permission to use the title to this poem for the latest d’Verse Poetics Prompt on Friendship? It asks to use a line from a fellow blogger’s poem as a starting point for the poem.

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