Lyric Fire: NaPoWriMo 2012 – Day 14 of 30 Poems in 30 Days – Spaghetti & Fried Fish

NaPoWriMo 2012 – 30 Poems in 30 Days – Day 14

I can hardly believe it’s been 14 days since this poetry challenge started, but life moves at a rapid pace when you’re having fun doesn’t it? Today’s poem will pay homage to one of my favorite meals from my childhood. Spaghetti and fried fish! I remember when my mom cooked this for dinner for the first time. I frowned and said, “Spaghetti and fried fish don’t go together!” My mother gave me “the look” and said, “Well, it does today!”

I asked her why she put the two foods together and she said it was a meal she ate a lot in her own childhood. She hailed from the south, Georgia in fact, and she explained that sometimes poor families that worked for rich families would bring home food that the wealthy people discarded and they would make meals for their family from what some would call “scraps.” I couldn’t imagine anyone thinking fried fish would be a scrap, but hey, different strokes! She also told me that her mom would also make stews and soups that consisted of chicken or fish (if they were lucky) and different veggies and potatoes, and anything else she could find to make a meal for her large family.

So here is a shout-out to all the southern moms who made spaghetti and fried fish for their kids! Somewhere this meal is now a delicacy!


Spaghetti & Fried Fish


Spaghetti & fried fish

What a peculiar dish!

Southern sensibilities and Italy hugged and shared a kiss!

Oh, what tasty bliss!

A meal best not to miss

Culinary artists cringe

But there’s no dissing this!


Red sauce and noodles

Do seem to canoodle

Resting nicely together

Topped off with shredded cheddar


Fish so hot it sizzles

Crunchy skin with a tender middle

It’s still singing when it hits the plate

Looks so inviting, my tastebuds can’t wait


Salt, pepper, cornmeal and protein

Garlic, spice, tomato sauce and starch

Forget about Picasso

This right here is art!


For more delicious servings of poetry this month, please visit these bloggers as they are also participating in NaPoWriMo!

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Apr 14, 2012 | Posted by in Blog, NaPoWriMo 2012 | 11 comments

Comments (11 Responses)

  1. JadedDAVe says:

    Interesting combo.

  2. The dish seems cool. And your poem added spices to it. πŸ˜€

  3. Thanks Anshul. It is a delicious dish. πŸ™‚
    Welcome to Lyric Fire JadedDave. Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚

  4. Andy says:

    Hello Tameka.
    It is an odd combination, but having grown up poor, I know very well a dish like this would seem a feast. Love the lyrics too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. It is odd, but very tasty. Thanks Andy! πŸ™‚

  6. Jan Neel says:

    You make it sound so appetizing..:)

  7. sulekha says:

    Mouthwatering art πŸ™‚ It sounds and looks delicious, must try one day.

  8. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    Am a vegetarian…but, appreciate the poem.

  9. Ha! I understand Janaki. I was a vegetarian too, for about six months. Then I began to miss poultry and seafood. I never did pick back up with red meat though. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  10. Adriene says:

    Your poem is so great you almost had me there … ;p

  11. I think this is one I could get used to! I love the poem and the story behind, Tameka!

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