There are so many nifty bits to this blogging business and yesterday my ideas were too big for my boots. I have added a ‘ Home’ page, not once, but twice. It is the same page, but there are two links to it on the banner. I have no idea how to sort this out – yet.
The other downside of this, apart from looking a bit silly, is that anyone who has subscribed to the blog now seems not to be able to get to the posts. Perhaps the answer is to re-subscribe to the ‘Posts’ page…I hope that will work.
Talking of big ideas, I was amazed to discover, ( thanks to a comment on ‘Poetic Pomegranates from D), the importance of the pomegranate crop as an indicator of the market for produce in Afghanistan. Also found a charity that works to help farmers swap from poppy growing to pomegranate farming (link below on Blogroll)- brilliant.
My original poem referred to the ambivalence of the fruit…the contrast between the look of its skin and the jewels of fruit within; the fruit’s inner beauty and its taste; the contrast between the bitter experience of tasting its fruit and the sweetness of it when it is juiced; the fact that it stains fingers with a nasty nicotine- yellow, and that my father, many years ago grounded me for smoking when in fact all I had been doing was eating pomegranates on the way home from school.
I have since discovered that it has various mythological meanings too – literally can depict heaven or hell. I will link this with the replacement of the Afghan poppy crop with pomegranates.
Definitely a poem here and all from an exercise on the colour yellow and a childhood memory about pomegranates.!