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Poem: "The Other Truck"

This poem was inspired by a prompt from janetmiles.  It was sponsored by rix_scaedu.  In case you're not familiar with it, you can read more about haggis online.


The Other Truck


A squall of accordion music blares from the speakers
as the Bad Humor truck turns the corner.

The bogeyman and the lurking shadow
scramble to grab wooden nickels
out of the jar on the coffee table.

Soon they are arguing cheerfully
over whether to split a bowl of haggis
or each get their own skewer of garlicy brussels sprouts
while the air fills with the scent of liver and onions.

The golem in front of Naomi's house bounces impatiently on his toes.

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rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Like icecreams but for monsters!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Exactly! I really had fun with this one.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I've never had haggis but depending on the weather, garlicky brussel sprouts might not be to bad - if i could eat them off a plate with a knife and fork.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Haggis is on the list of things that I would like to sample someday.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was in middle school, I drew a kind of comic about an alternate universe with monster children in school, and I remember in one of them, one kid was drinking a Choke-a-Cola. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

*laugh*

Good one.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: November 2nd, 2011 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a weird one. I love accordions, bagpipes, and giant pipe organs. Oh, and the harpsichord.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I love them too -- bagpipes and uilleann pipes are my favorites, but I also favor pipe organs and harpsichords, and I enjoy accordion music sometimes.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I figured that the wooden nickels would be akin to "killing" things by damaging them -- a kind of shadow economy for people who go bump in the night.
siege From: siege Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like liver, but I usually feel that the onions are there just to obscure the flavor of the meat. I also like brussels sprouts, properly cooked.

Then one adds some flavor. Imagine those sprouts in a soup stock, turned into a kind of cabbage substitute for a gumbo or stew (perhaps chopped into chunks, too). Try new herbs and spices on the liver. Something that isn't the same old standby, because that old standby was usually about what's cheapest, not what's best.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Many different things can be done with food. It's good to explore.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much giggling. Although I, too, like both liver-and-onions and brussels sprouts.

And Naomi's house has a golem! Squeeee!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>Much giggling. Although I, too, like both liver-and-onions and brussels sprouts.<<

Plenty of people like one or more uncommonly-liked foods. I did aim for some things that have a magical resonance too, like the garlic.

>>And Naomi's house has a golem! Squeeee!<<

Yeah, he just popped out of the woodwork and made me giggle.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
We don't have Good Humor trucks where I come from so the name alone doesn't bring up associations for me.

On the other hand, the golem bouncing impatiently on his toes...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>We don't have Good Humor trucks where I come from so the name alone doesn't bring up associations for me.<<

It's a popular service that takes frozen treats through neighborhoods. We never had one either -- but my grandmother's neighborhood had a snowcone truck that I adored. It had a bell that rang, instead of playing music.

>>On the other hand, the golem bouncing impatiently on his toes...<<

Yeah, I was surprised and amused to see that pop up.
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Where we went for the summer/Christmas holidays (same holiday - I'm currently in spring) there were Mr Whippy vans that sold icecreams and played "Greensleeves".
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That is so cute.

And yes, I have several friends in Australia, New Zealand, etc. who are reversed seasonally from me -- we really enjoy each other's gardening posts for contrast. Where are you located?
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 2nd, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

East coast, between Sydney & Newcastle.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That's cool! I like Australia. It's an interesting place to study. I'm subscribed to a Dreamwidth community for Australian gardening, just because I like looking at the pictures. The gorgeous flowers, the colorful birds, the spiders the size of salad plates...
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 3rd, 2011 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I only get huntsman spiders whose leg span makes them as big as my hand. Oh, and the poisonous ones that live in holes in the ground in my garden.
(If you ever come to this part of the world do not ever stick your finger in a finger sized hole in the ground to see what is in there.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Actually, I never put my hands or other body parts anywhere I can't see. My instincts are quite determined about that point. All kinds of unpleasantness can lurk in holes.

The stick is your friend!
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: November 2nd, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The notion of a golem bouncing impatiently on its toes prompted quite a gigglefit, here.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 2nd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Golems are typically quite calm. He is very excited about the treat truck coming. I have noticed this effect with snowcone trucks -- ordinarily quiet people will scramble through the house and then jig impatiently from one foot to the other while waiting for the truck to pull up.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: November 2nd, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

They're also quite heavy, being made of clay or earth and generally built quite solidly. One bouncing could probably do a good bit of earth-shaking.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That's what makes it funny, to me, this rather ponderous creature excited enough to bounce. It's kind of like Frankenstein's monster, that slow thud-thud when he walks.

Several buckets of clay, shaped into a largish humanoid form ... yeah, that golem probably weighs between two and three hundred pounds.
danceswithwaves From: danceswithwaves Date: November 3rd, 2011 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how you've introduced Naomi as a new continuing character.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I like hearing what works for people. Folks seemed to enjoy the earlier mention of her, and it's a chance to show that the mystical creatures come from as many different backgrounds as humans do.
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