“Spice Season”…..

pumpkin in kitchen

(From my kitchen two years back, my only living pumpkin from the garden, the French Cinderella Pumpkin,  the carriage.)

Over at Dversepoets  tonight, Mish is hosting and giving a challenge of writing a Quadrille, with the theme “Spice”.  For those who have never heard of a Quadrille, I’m one with you.  Do know the dance term, but a Quadrille also can be a piece of writing exactly 44 words with title.  And there should be action, too.

Lady Nyo


Spice Season


It now nears Halloween

Pumpkins galore!

Smells of cinnamon, ginger

Pour from cupboards-

I grow fat with the bounty.


Apples baking,

Covered with nutmeg

Convicts treasure

Nutmeg seeds

For the illusions it brings.


If I ever become a convict

Smuggle nutmeg-

And Forget the file.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2017








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26 Responses to ““Spice Season”…..”

  1. Dr. Crystal Howe Says:

    I enjoyed this poem. 🙂 This is my favorite time of year as well; Halloween/Samhain is my favorite celebration.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Ohhhhh! I love it. I have a poem about Samhain that I wrote a while ago. I want to post it, but I have been proclaimed a ‘witch’ by relatives. LOL! They know nothing, nothing at all about Celtic history and they want to remain in the dark. Thank you, Crystal, for reading and your very kind comment. It’s too hot here in Atlanta right now to even call it Autumn, but I’m holding out hope!


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    Oh yes… nutmeg would be great to have… and some saffron and cinnamon too… I would stay without a door if I had a prison of spices.

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! A prison of spices! What a delightful thought!~ Thanks, Bjorn. Later, Brother.

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  5. paul scribbles Says:

    Careful with that Nutmeg…it’s spicy alright 😉


  6. ladynyo Says:

    I love it, Paul. I put it in breads, soups, macaroni and cheese, just about everything but eggs!


  7. jillys2016 Says:

    So clever! Really enjoy this.


  8. ladynyo Says:

    thank you, Jilly!~ It was fun…and different.

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  9. Beverly Crawford Says:

    I wait all year for autumn, spicy pumpkin pie and apple crumble!


  10. ladynyo Says:

    Me, too! I love apple cider, apple pie and pumpkin pie. haven’t tried the pumpkin latte spice yet, but I might~ It’s the most perfect season for color and vigor!


  11. Linda Kruschke Says:

    Love that last stanza!


  12. Frank Hubeny Says:

    I didn’t know nutmeg brought illusions, but perhaps all spices allow one’s perspective the opportunity to shift a bit.


  13. Mish Says:

    I’ve never met anyone who loved nutmeg….til now!
    A nice, spicy quadrille.


  14. purplepeninportland Says:

    Pumpkin and spice is my time of year. Love the baking and the eating. Thanks for the nutmeg mention. I put a pinch of it on sauteed spinach, and more in rice pudding!


  15. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar Says:

    Enjoy the humor in this!


  16. ladynyo Says:

    Thannk you. Humor makes everything go down better. Thanks for reading.


  17. ladynyo Says:

    Yep…haven’t tried it in spinach, but will. Love it in rice pudding. I also add a scrape into fish stews, chowders.


  18. ladynyo Says:

    Love it! But I think it is an acquired taste for some…like kimchi. LOL!


  19. ladynyo Says:

    Whether it gets someone high or supplements what liquor does to an alcoholic, don’t know….but I’ve heard stories. Thanks, Frank. I’ll be over tomorrow morning.


  20. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Linda!

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  21. kim881 Says:

    Autumn is my favourite time of year, too, when eating is the best thing to do in preparation for a cold winter – especially with all the wonderful food at this time of year.It’s just gone breakfast time, I’m imagining the nutmeg-covered baking apples, and I’m ready for them! Your final lines made me smile, Jane!


  22. lillian Says:

    Smiling I am….and oh yes…those autumn cooking smells. This is just a great write and you’re so right, your pumpkin does look like it should be pulled by mice for Cinderella! 🙂


  23. ladynyo Says:

    I Kim.. Quadrilles are my bête noir. LOL! Thank you for reading…the sun is in my eyes so I can’t see the board. And I love the foods of fall….feel after the summer, we are allowed to EAT.

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  24. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Lillian. aIt’s still summer here by the heat not calendar but that will change.I’m ready for fall. and yes, some mice (not rats!) pulling that pumpkin would be nice! LOL!


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  26. purplepeninportland Says:

    ooh, chowders good idea!


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