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Thursday, March 29, 2012


memories of a place
I've never been

First place, Caribbean Kigo Kukai, March 2012. Kigo: saltfish

According to Gillena Cox, who is based in Trinidad-Tobago, saltfish is a favorite during carnival season. Originally poor people's food, it has become quite fashionable. Along with my haiku, I sent Gillena this message:

I haven't had saltfish since I was a kid; for us, it was Depression food, consistent with what you said about its history in your part of the world – a poor people's food that the rich have caught on to.


Blogger John McDonald said...

enjoyed reading it again Bill

12:28 AM  
Blogger Magyar said...

salt cod
drying in the sun
sea gulls

__I remember: Millbridge Maine, in the mid 1950's, seeing the salted fish flanks spread out on the rocks to dry in the sun's intensity. Larder, a part of the fisherman's family winter fare... things were different then.
__Thanks for this memory, spured by your fine haiku, Bill.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Marleen said...

Congratulations Bill, a well deserved first place.

kind wishes
Marleen Hulst

2:55 AM  
Blogger Emma Dalloway said...

Hi Bill - thanks for dropping by - Ive been making the rounds this last day or so catching up with old friends - its quite a delight.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo, Bill.
Amicalement, Marcel.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

FĂ©licitations, Bill - I love it (not the saltfish, the haiku);-)

11:54 AM  
Blogger Frank... said...

Congratulations on 1st place, Bill - nice haiku...

5:26 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, my friends. although I haven't had saltfish since I was a kid, I can still taste it.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Iris said...

Congratulations Bill
I have eaten bacalao in Portugal :):):)
Best regards

12:11 PM  
Blogger Rita Odeh said...

You MUST eat sultfish which gave you this highly enjoyable haiku. Congratulations. Please send us your 3 haiku for the international kukai before the 10th of April. I need your email to send you announcements. I invite all haiku friends to join this monthly challenge starting this April. If you can announce it on your blog, it will be wonderful, too.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

We have slightly salted fish at least twice a month: fresh sliced salmon salted (10% salt; 100 gr into one kilo) wait at least 24 hour, maximum one week. My favorite!

Norwegian salmon
swimming again -
a calm sea

12:06 AM  
Blogger Christine L. Villa said...

Hi, Bill! Congratulations on this one. I was too late in submitting to this kukai contest. I missed the other one again. lol. Hopefully, I'll be there to join all of you in the next round.

By the way, please join my haiga contest. It will be starting this Monday. Kirsten Cliff will be the judge. For details, please go to my blog http://blossomrain.blogspot.com I hope to see you there. Please spread the word. :-)
Have a blessed day! Thanks

6:22 PM  

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