Glimpse


I glimpsed history

in a cinnamon bun.

Cinnamomum 

cassia, tamale…

millennia murmur

of an evergreen bark

born in tropical lands,

tender quills

traded across oceans, deserts 

for Gods, monarchs and feasts

Today: a stick for hot cider, or brown powder in a spice jar.

©2017 Ontheland


This was a quadrille for dVerse using the word ‘spice’.  For cinnamon, Cinnamomum is the plant genus. Cassia and Tamale are two species names. The photos are offered for public use through Pixabay: cinnamon sticks and spice jars.

31 thoughts on “Glimpse

    1. I like knowing about plants of all kinds so I looked it up for the poem. Another interesting tidbit which didn’t make the poem is that the cinnamon tubes are from the inner bark which curls when extracted…

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