We all have different tastes in food, which is just as well. Breakfast foods are particularly important, perhaps for routine, caffeine fix, or just fun. I’ve had cold cereals, cold pizza (which I love), for breakfast but one thing I do not have …


porridge has been extolled
as the breakfast
for strength                                     

the smell puts me off
the texture clams my throat
the taste comes back
and back
which is to say
I do not like porridge

but I find porridge
bars acceptable
when the sun rises
the kettle boils
and the cat howls
to be fed

porridge bars
do not accommodate
barkeeps or drinkers
being solely for those
who don’t like oats
in a bowl


my scans - after 18 112 coverTO BETHLEHEM: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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2 Responses to Breakfast

  1. Francine says:

    Hum, easy on kidneys, fast to prepare when my eyes are still half closed, under cooked (I do not like mush) in the microwave with milk, fresh fruits and a touch of male syrup. 😉 I have joined the ‘age group’ but interpret the recipe.

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