Today, I’d like to challenge you to find an idiomatic phrase from a different language or culture, and use it as the jumping-off point for your poem.

He who doesn’t have a dog hunts with a cat

so the hunt begins; from

scouring all pantry shelves to nearby shops

ingenuity steps in to satisfy the hunger of a wolf

that bares its fangs in my kids

with lofty demands of the meals being visually stunning too!

I go crazy getting the consistency and colour of the sauce correct

and baking cookies with just the right balance of crispy-chewiness

these are times when the old and the new collide

rushed meals and occasional treats were once a norm

replaced now by leisurely, demanding, long drawn meals

adjusting to the new regimen is taking its time

but then, when were we promised that it would be easy?

1. The idiom: Quem não tem cão caça com gato
Literal translation: “He who doesn’t have a dog hunts with a cat.”
What it means: “You make the most of what you’ve got.” Basically, you do what you need to do, with what the resources you have.

2. The idiom: yma nown bleyth dhymm
Literal translation : I’ve got the hunger of a wolf

What it means: I’m starving/very hungry


49 thoughts on “Adjustments

  1. I totally enjoyed this! And it made me think of something—I don’t know if it’s true where you are, but here there’s a lot of criticism about how families don’t sit down to meals together like back in the 50’s, early 60’s. Well, thanks to pandemic we’ve been given the opportunity to return to the “family dinner time/table”…unless, of course, everyone’s hooked up to their tablet/laptop/phone as they munch meals 🙂 Family togetherness, a mix of blessing and burden 🙂 Sending huge love to all of yours, from Auntie L (Leslie)! ❤

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    1. You are right! I don’t remember the last time my cousins and I sat down together for a cuppa or a meal. The pandemic has at least done the impossible task of the dining table used for meal all over again 🙂

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    2. Hello Auntie L! We used to have dinner together, earlier in normal times. Now all meals are had together!:) It is a blessing to eat together, though cooking three meals every day is… !!
      Thanks a lot, dear.


      1. Yes, cooking three meals a day would keep you busy! Since I’m alone–and a “busy writer” :)–I often cook in large amounts that I can freeze and/or reheat several days. And I don’t eat three meals a day–I do well to get in 2 🙂 So I make a lot of “quickie” snack-type meals…and then race back to my laptop/work station 🙂 Much love to you 💕💟💕

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    1. Kate, no difficulty in getting the essentials but the extra bit that kids want is not easily available. 🙂
      Yes, smaller cities and rural areas are having some shortages.


  2. Yes Puam,…I’ve flour in an old shoe box,…the sugar’s in an empty coffee jar…. and my cookies will still taste fine… wrapped in last years Christmas paper……xx

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    1. Ah! Sometimes these grumbling tummies drive me to the edge! But I know, poor things are cooped inside, food offers some solace. Supplies as such are not a problem but when you want some particular brand or type, that is not easy to get. 🙂
      Tracy, the prompts are made available everyday around 10 a.m. my time. I eventually post my contribution around 12 a.m. Life is not what it used to be! Join in next time. ❤️

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      1. I send an email order to my local small grocery shop, Punam. I can’t remember all the brands, so I let J, the store manager, pick it for me. It is like opening a gift when we get our order because I never know what will be inside. I really like it. Very liberating. Can’t afford to be too fussy, right?
        I honestly don’t think I can enter a writing challenge at the moment. I am not good at writing. It takes me too long. Also, the weather is too good. Hooray. 🙂

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      2. Here whatsapp messages are more common. I am not too fussy also but when instead of balsamic vinegar, I get cheap, white vinegar, I go 😖
        I too am finding writing difficult these days, but I am pushing myself to see what my tired brain can come up with.
        You enjoy the weather. 👍🏼🙂

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  3. Wonderful, and so appropriate for the state of all our minds now. There are only two of us, and we don’t mind slapping things on the plate. But when I skype my extended family at meal times, they are driving themselves crazy about presentation and plating, especially the millennials who’d just started living by themselves before the pandemic.

    I hope you don’t mind my try. I’m terrible at form, but I thought of trying out a Bangladeshi proverb which means (I think) “Doesn’t matter where you are, in the evening you fear the tiger.”

    Evening, and dark gathers around you
    Palm leaves become a tiger’s stripe
    The halting rustle of a hunter moving in the dark,
    Its glowing eyes the lights of a far away city.
    I must switch the balcony lights on.
    Do I dare to move?

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    1. Thanks a lot I. J. Exactly, all day discussions on food are on and sometimes it is overwhelming.
      It is wonderful to see the poet inside you pop up during napowrimo!
      This is excellent. I really enjoyed it. 🙂

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  4. Oh how I love this – I can tell you are a great cook. That when you have the time you pour your heart into it like your poetry. But I also guess that, like me, you hate it if there’s an expectation or there’s no time. Love these lines
    Ingenuity steps in to satisfy the hunger of a wolf
    That bares it’s fangs in my kids”

    I loved the idiom too. Awesome all round ♥️♥️

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  5. Oh! That last line got me! When was that promise ever made? I think, especially during this time, the first idiom makes a lot of sense whether it’s cooking or dealing with what’s happening in the world – make do with what you have. Chocolate cake will be just as delicious as cookies!

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    1. Yes, that idiom does make a lot of sense in these times. I was discussing the demands of kids earlier in the day with a friend and so ended up taking that route.
      Thankfully, despite their demands, they are easy to please, which is a relief.

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