Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Flash 55 —

Growing wild in rare mountains,
               rarely tamed in gardens.
Enjoyed as food by animal and man.
Tree-climbed by beast,
               as scaffolding by worker.
Clean natural green —
               rhymes with shampoo.
Construction hues whisper honey,
               pistachio, black-brown.
Shares its name with the first
certified, sustainable
               sushi restaurant in the world*
               (in Portland, Oregon).
It is bamboo.

*Bamboo Sushi 

The Story of Sushi from Bamboo Sushi on Vimeo.

Written for Friday Flash 55 - My post in exactly 55 words - for the G-Man.
(Top image via Pixdaus: Bamboo scaffolding on skyscrapers in Hong Kong by yoyo)



Brian Miller said...

bamboo is cool...we found a wild patch as kids in the woods by my grammas house and thought it exotic and magic...

izzy said...

Bamboo sushi? never had it I don't believe and I do love sushi! Cool photo thanks!

Melissa Bickel said...

Bamboo is so prolific too. Great way to naturally fence a yard. Loved the journey of your words, the mystery - solved at the end. Nice poetics here.


G-Man said...

Boy were you ever busy with the High-Tech Hyperlinks this week...
I'm so glad that you had so much fun with this...You Rock!!
Me and every Panda in the world loves your 55!!
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

dmarks said...

Reminds me of Orthanc from the Lord of the Rings movies.

˙·٠•●❤Sh@KiR@ ❤●•٠·˙ said...

I have bamboos in the house and they are my talking piece! Awesome 55!
Mine is here

Lydia said...

Brian~ I love bamboo. We have one in a huge pot that we moved from our condo when we bought this house in 1998. Keeping it confined has so far been a good deal for it and us. :)

izzy~ No, izzy, not bamboo sushi! That's what I thought too when I found the site. But it is the name of the restaurant only, not a menu item that I could find!

Missy~ I really appreciate your comment. Thanks!

G-Man~ Hey, I'm not showing off with those hyper-links. I just don't want to get into trouble for not giving credit where it's due!

dmarks~ Now you got me with that one. I will have to go back and refresh my memory (didn't see all of them). What fun to see you again!

Shakira~ I have two small bamboo plants in my house (one foot tall) and a big one outside. Aren't they great? Such beauty and personality, I think.

Fireblossom said...

What a cool 55, Lydia. Pandas everywhere are drooling!

Anonymous said...

Yet another reason to come visit Oregon!

Our next door neighbor in California had a stand of bamboo in her backyard. We used to pretend it was a jungle.

susan said...

Great poem with a cleverly done surprise ending. I tried growing bamboo on our Portland balcony one year but unfortunately it wasn't happy there.

Just a few days ago we watched 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' - a wonderful documentary I think you'd enjoy as much as we did.

kj said...

i read it once before i knew and i read it again after i knew, and my conclusion is that this is a super poem with colors and purposes ablaze!

good good going, lydia.

ps i love bamboo too. on cape cod of all places there is a small bamboo forest and the way the sun shines through the branches is miraculous


Lydia said...

Fireblossom~ How cute to think of Pandas drooling. :)

Amber Lee~ Our next-door neighbors have a small grove of bamboo on one side of their house. They use small white lights to illuminate the area at night and it truly is magical.

susan~ Wow, thanks for that link. I will def look at the video. You come across the most interesting videos, Susan!

kj~ I am humbled that you think this is a super poem. For saying such a nice thing to me I will take you to Bamboo Sushi if you ever visit this area!



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