Good Old Plain Porridge


There's nothing like a dish

of good, old, plain porridge

for breakfast -

hot spoonfuls dropping thickly

from pot to bowl

lovingly dressed

with cold, creamy milk

and brown sugar

a dribble of runny honey

and a dollop of real butter

some assorted nuts

handful of raisins

just a sprinkle of shredded coconut

and cinnamon dashed over the top -

all stirred gently together -

like a gift to the gods

with a prayer of thanksgiving.

Aaahhh ....the smell - the texture - the taste

of good, old, plain porridge

for breakfast!


And – tomorrow – hmmmm -

thickly chopped fresh apple

with cardamom … or ginger ….

and maybe sliced dates – or figs!

Or a whipped egg stirred in -

or …... or …... or …...


Oh! I love good, old plain porridge

for breakfast.

If I go to sleep early tonight

morning will come faster.

But I could have it for tea, couldn't I?

There's no law!

Custom can be 'interesting', don't you think?

After all, it's just habit.


Maybe porridge for breakfast, lunch and tea

might be a bit silly – for me -

but I bet lots of people would say 'Hallelujah!'


It's all about relevancy -

The past, the present, and the future.

Well, it's worth a thought

Isn't it?

◄ Fifth Birthday

I Wonder If ►


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 19th Jan 2019 12:29

Jon, I really appreciate your comment. Ultimately, I think, the whole poem was not about 'porridge' at all. It was just a 'vehicle' to consider much wider, very pressing ideas.

IMO, 'habit' is a huge arena for consideration in trying to understand life and people in general, around the entire Earth.

Again, thank you.

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Fri 18th Jan 2019 17:52

You should host a cookery programme that gives us tips on Porridge making... You definitely have a passion for it!

As you say habit is a funny thing. I remember my Mum heating up milk for Porridge in a small saucepan and making it totally in the pan, only at breakfast time mind!

Now, I cheat with Porridge sachets and heat them up in the microwave in two minutes. I could actually easily enjoy a bowl at any time, but upbringing and habit tells me otherwise if I try to change this.

Interesting and funny!


Ehren Schwiebert

Wed 5th Sep 2018 23:37

I read this today on the first day when I felt a chill in the morning when I woke up. Must have some porridge tomorrow!

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Martin Elder

Tue 28th Aug 2018 17:10

I can see that porridge is never plain in your house Celia. I never considered adding so much to it.

Wonderful poem

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 27th Aug 2018 17:29

Hannah, 'not so plain' was the first thing that set me off laughing as these lines stewed around in my head.

Thanks for the comments, everybody. I had a good time with my head buried under the duvet, chuckling away. What really annoys me is that there is always a 'come-back' of some kind of interfering 'analysis'. It can be a pain. I seriously wondered if the latter lines were totally unnecessary.

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Darren J Beaney

Mon 27th Aug 2018 06:52

my daily start - with almond milk (soak the oats overnight) - add some fruit in the morning, eat cold... Yum

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Taylor Crowshaw

Mon 27th Aug 2018 00:21

Delicious...thoroughly enjoyed this to get a bowl of porridge..😃

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Hannah Collins

Sun 26th Aug 2018 19:01

Not so plain porridge.
Delicious poem.


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M.C. Newberry

Sun 26th Aug 2018 17:19

A healthy breakfast meal that can be enjoyed at ANY time.
As a child I hated it at my school where it was served with
a milky/salty consistency that repelled me. It was only
later that I re-discovered it by adding Tate & Lyle Golden
Syrup instead - and now enjoy it with honey or fruit.
I read recently that porridge is the Queen's choice - perhaps to do with those times spent at Balmoral!!

Kate G

Sun 26th Aug 2018 14:47

I'm having porridge tomorrow now. A yummy poem. Thanks!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 26th Aug 2018 14:28

This will teach me to duck back down under the covers on a Sunday morning - sheer nonsense that just bubbled up from nowhere - and I was hooked! Couldn't let it go until it was 'on paper' - you know - birthed! And I thought - might as well see if anyone else thinks it's a bit funny, or not!'

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