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Poetry Sunday: Savoring






For me, food was always an after thought.  Something I had to have to fuel my growing, in-constant-motion- child’s body.  Grabbing a bowl of cereal here and there; a quick sandwich.


And into adulthood, this still was the case.  I had my favorites, but still food was merely fuel to be gobbled, rushed, downed and then move on.  Eat at my desk, eat on the run.  Never really savoring.


Instead the moments of food bliss were kept for those special treats:


The home-made chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven.  The gooey chocolate-covered fingers licked clean.

The ice cream that I lingered over, and licked slowly off the spoon, tasting the swirl of flavors from lips to tongue.


I was lost in the moment with these sugary treats.  And these moments increased with age until sugar was the only thing I savored.  Now, no longer can I dally with sweets.  Instead, I relish the sumptuous taste of the fresh pea or tomato picked from the vine.  Warm in my mouth.  Luscious, now savoring these.  The rush of a sugary addiction transformed.


Sweet licks and morsels

Lightly dancing on my tongue

Moments now savored.



© Donna Donabella 2016



This poem came from a prompt given to me a couple of winters ago challenging me to write a poem about enjoying food.  I have never had a problem enjoying food…there was little I didn’t like.  And sugar was my favorite food….in any way, shape or form.

But with age, has come issues with food.  The need to reduce sugar or eliminate it as much as possible.  Gluten, acid reflux, no preservatives, eating organically all add to the issues where my food intake is now very healthy, and I have made peace with the changes as I turn 60.  This is my haibun poem paying homage to savoring food throughout my life.


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.

chesecake collage

The pictures here are of my husband’s award-winning cheesecake that he made for me two years ago on my birthday!  One of those rare sugar times.  The picture below is of the peas I savored from my garden well into summer.



I leave you with a few additional words about savoring  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. October 29, 2017    

    My sweet tooth was always savoury. Something I need to regain. And how I love tomatoes and peas fresh from the vine…

    • October 29, 2017    

      I agree Soosie….fresh veggies picked from the garden are such a sweet treat. Now I will have to wait until next year to enjoy them.

  2. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    October 29, 2017    

    Hurray for your transformation! Sugar is so addictive.

    • October 29, 2017    

      Thanks so much… has been a long, hard road as I have been a sugar addict for most of my life.

  3. October 29, 2017    

    Perhaps it us the balance that we seek? But sugar is good, a tasty treat.

    • October 29, 2017    

      I think in many ways you are correct, Annell. For me right now the sugary treat must be limited fruit and certain fresh veggies as I battle some blood sugar issues. It is amazing to find so much added sugar to our diets we never knew about which has been most educational. Hoping in the near future to savor a sugary treat once in a while.

  4. October 29, 2017    

    What a delicious Haibun, full of delights. Your transformation is inspiring me 🙂

    • October 29, 2017    

      That pleases me so much Sumana….thank you!

  5. October 29, 2017    

    My love of sugar has increased as I grow older. But a home grown tomato is still my favorite! Season’s over here. Alas, it lasts such a short time.

    • October 29, 2017    

      The season is finished here too Sarah….definitely too short. I am hoping to grow a few greens in my basement under grow lights to extend it a bit.

  6. October 29, 2017    

    This is incredibly emotive and beautifully inspiring, Donna

    • October 29, 2017    

      How very kind of you to say so Sanaa….it seems many life events are inspiring me these days and I am so happy to pass along the lessons and inspiration!

  7. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    October 29, 2017    

    I have always enjoyed food prepared with care… the longer it takes to prepare I love it… sugarrushing can be an addiction… glad you found a way out.

    • October 29, 2017    

      I am with you Bjorn. I love to cook and take my time preparing meals…savoring the smells and tastes.

  8. vandana vandana
    October 29, 2017    

    hmm yummy!!

  9. October 29, 2017    

    I can very well appreciate what you haiku-ed. I too have a new attitude towards food. I wonder though if its part of growing old and maturity.

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standatd today Donna


    • October 29, 2017    

      I think it is part of growing old gillena…so happy you enjoyed the haiku!

  10. October 29, 2017    

    Congrats at besting the sugar addiction. I am still at the mercy of mine, sad to say………I enjoyed this write, and definitely relate!

    • October 29, 2017    

      Sherry I was forced to surrender and get mine under control….I am so happy you enjoyed the poem….I think most of us are sugar addicts even if we don’t know it. It is inevitable given the way our food is processed.

  11. Mary Mary
    October 29, 2017    

    Ah, good for you for pretty much kicking your sugar addiction. I really don’t eat a lot of sugar; and when I AM tempted to take some rich dessert (at a potluck, for example) I regret it after the first bite. Give me Greek yogurt with blueberries or raspberries instead. If a person reads the list of ingredients on so many of the store-bought sugary treats, it is a list a mile long of artificial things. I try to stay away from artificial as much as I can! I bet you feel better without so many sweets.

    • October 29, 2017    

      I sure do feel healthier in so many ways. We stay away from processed foods and artificial ingredients too.

  12. Bev Bev
    October 29, 2017    

    What a delightful progression of food fancy. I’m going now to the kitchen …..

    • October 29, 2017    

      Thanks Bev. Enjoy the savoriness of your kitchen.

  13. October 29, 2017    

    Well written and a most enjoyable poem

  14. October 29, 2017    

    An awesome post. Wonderful haibun! (I truly relate.) Outstanding photographs. Nicely done! A pleasure to visit and linger for a bit.

    • October 29, 2017    

      Ah thank you Wendy….I wish I could add a slice of cheesecake to each visit.

  15. October 29, 2017    

    I feel as though you wrote this for me–I still gobble and go–and am now starting to pay the price–loved this!

    • October 29, 2017    

      I am so glad you can relate Audrey….it has taken me a looong time to change some of my long held eating habits but I am so happy to have finally made the changes.

  16. October 29, 2017    

    You’ve left me wanting to get up and find a tomato. Even a few peas. And the sugary yum, too. One day. I need to be this speaker… and say no to the S that tastes so good right now. One day…

    The imagery is, well… delicious!

    • October 30, 2017    

      You always make me smile Magaly with your wonderful comments….so happy you found the post delicious. It is making me want my husband to bake me a cheesecake.

  17. October 29, 2017    

    What I’ll miss when I’m forced to give up sugar is tea… don’t know how I’ll give that up!

    • October 30, 2017    

      I am finding moderation is the key to not having to give up sugar. Wish I had followed that so many years ago. Now I drink my tea with no sugar.

  18. October 30, 2017    

    My problem all over A great inspirational transformation

  19. October 30, 2017    

    Where do you girls find these husbands who make cheesecakes? Lucky:)

    Enjoyed your haibun and pics.

    • October 31, 2017    

      Oh I am definitely lucky….so happy you enjoyed the haibun and pics!

  20. November 2, 2017    

    Your words are succulent and ripe with flavor. I can relate to being too busy to eat. And I MUST have the chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven!

    Lovely poem.

    • November 2, 2017    

      Thanks Barry. Oh that sounds yummy….fresh, warm chocolate chip cookies!

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