Ode to the Potato

 

Magnificent

member of

most basic

food group;

venerated

versatile

starch to

fill bellies,

fuel for

farm work;

 

enjoyed

raw… like

an apple –

aardappel,

pomme

de terre

…or

baked

(twice),

boiled,

mashed,

scalloped,

broasted,

hashed

and

browned;

 

Favorite

fast food

fried so

French; first

proffered in

Paris by

push-cart

vendors

and now

featured

at McD’s

“fine dining”.

 

I say

“potato”,

you say

“patata”,

you say

“tuber”

I say

“spud”…

derived

from the

simple spade

…and the

Society for the

Prevention of

Unwholesome

Diet  (!?)

-19th century,

(Great Britain).

 

Not sanctioned

by church,

degenerate

delicacy

thought

unbiblical

(with no cross

references)

until

sprinkled

with

“holy water”;

now just

sprinkled

liberally

with

salt.

 

A famine

of this

humble root

forever

changed the

histories

of two nations

transforming

lives of

immigrants,

and

indigenous

alike,

by laying rails

across

a continent.

 

So what

do you

think,

Mr. Potato

Head?

Is this

just a

wild

truffle?

I think not.

It’s no

small

potatoes!

 

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rallentanda
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 13:17:46

    I missed this one…Late…but enjoyed your historical references…clever!

    Reply

  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 12:43:43

    Love the potato.. a great subject for an ode… and a great story to tell as well.. Also changed our country…crucial actually.

    Reply

  3. kkkkaty1
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 03:56:28

    I enjoyed the ode to the venerate potato..so versatile and loved as you so well described;)

    Reply

  4. georgeplace2013DebiSwim
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 23:36:25

    I love this. It’s like a mini history and a wonderful menu all at once!

    Reply

  5. brian miller
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 18:33:30

    ha. nice refs in this…love the potato head…and the ref to its history as well…what changed for it…and even how we pronounce it…ha…i rather love mine diced and fried in bacon grease with onion….mmmm….

    Reply

  6. Tony Maude
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 17:37:41

    Oh, yes! An ode to the humble spud … now that’s what I’m talkin’ about … smiles.
    Seriously, this is very good. The way you have included historical facts, the effect of famine on two nations and a few sideways comments on contemporary cuture shows us there is much more to the potato than most of us ever stop to consider.

    Reply

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