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Canning Days Back Home

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Canning Days Back Home

Germ-free Mason jars, hot from the pot of boiling water, gurgling on the cast iron wood stove, stood ready to receive the fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields and orchards. Lids and sealing rings locked in the freshness. Mama, in her apron skillfully flavored the veggies as she prepared for meals months ahead. The old pressure cooker hissed as it played its part in preserving the bounty of the family farm. Preserves, jams and jellies, sealed in wax, filled the cupboard just waiting for future hot buttered biscuits. 

Peeling, dicing, chopping, pickling were all part of the process that brought kin from far away to socialize and join in preserving food for times when the land rested and awaited the start of a new season. 

Outside, Sauerkraut (layer of shredded cabbage, layer of salt,) repeated and compressed, awaiting fermentation filled the depth of a Crock on the front porch.

These glimpses of the times that are all but gone will remain with me forever. Life was tough at times but love was the balm that treated the abrasions of near poverty. And the tender touch of those who came for “Canning Days” was felt until the last jar was consumed. God’s bounty awaited, and next year’s promises stood always before us.



Written by: John Posey 10/21/13
Inspired by Canning Colors, 
A poem by Donna Jones

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  1. Date: 11/27/2013 12:16:00 AM
    Hi John, Thank you for spreading and sharing your kindness. You know me I’ will always enjoy stopping by with love and support, no matter if I do not Understand what I am reading at times. I am very grateful and thankful to all who have been supportive of me one way or another. Your heartfelt words are the main attraction of who you are… Thanks for your inspiring visit. ----- Happy Thanksgiving ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 11:47:00 AM
    John:) CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoyed your win............... Love ~SKAT~

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    Date: 11/7/2013 12:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you ~SKAT~ I love your comments and covet your visits.... Jake
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 7:40:00 PM
    John, nicely done.... congrats in Frank's contest.... xox~ LINDA

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    Date: 11/6/2013 7:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Recalling my comment on your last comment I can see that winning thing does work.... Thanks PD.... Jake
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 7:06:00 AM
    quite an unusual approach to the contest, but I like it - vividly evocative - congrats on your win! :)

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 11:05:00 PM
    an inspiration from donna that mystifies and garners a fine win,joh.. congrats with huggs

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 10:02:00 PM
    Congrats on the win in the contest of Frank, John

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 8:04:00 PM
    Daddy's butchering and Mama's canning of the vegetables he raised kept us well fed in my Couth. Great memories.you roused.. congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 5:52:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win! It is nice to see your name on the winner's list, where it belongs!

  1. Date: 10/31/2013 3:28:00 PM
    Wow, it's like you were out in the yard with my and my Grandma during canning times. Thank you for the walk down memory lane. It is a narratve that warms the heart.

  1. Date: 10/24/2013 5:24:00 PM
    A very nostalgic poem, about a simpler time!...My Grandma used to can vegetables and fruits from her garden. My Mom and I grow a garden every year, but we have not attempted canning, yet. We want to try, though...Wonderful poem, Jake!...Thank you so much for the encouraging comments, once again!

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 6:06:00 PM
    You are making me sooooo hungry ;} I remember my mom telling me of canning, I helped a friend of mine once, jelly and veggies . Age two I burned my skin/arm on wood stove in Oregon. Mom took me out and put my arm in snow ;} Thank you for reading my Forgotten Love ;} Awesome poem by the way;}

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 7:50:00 AM
    - Jake, thank you for your magnificent poem, really a pleasure to read your work. - Have a nice day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 5:47:00 PM
    Aahhhhh....how many people know that hiss? Rock....hiss!!! And my old coffee pot just for paraffin. Chopp..dice...Choppppp.....great write Jake...I'll let ya know when canning days start next year....:-) and thank you....so glad you enjoyed my poem....