NaPoWriMo 2023: Day 29 – You make me the world’s best mommy

Today’s featured resource is Brevity Magazine’s archive of craft essays.

And here’s our daily (optional) prompt. Start by reading Alberto Rios’s poem “Perfect for Any Occasion.” Now, write your own two-part poem that focuses on a food or type of meal. At some point in the poem, describe the food or meal as if it were a specific kind of person. Give the food/meal at least one line of spoken dialogue.

I’m writing this poem for my younger daughter, who, joined University this year. It’ll be her first time away from home on her birthday which falls in May. Mango custard crumble is her favorite dish and it’s become a tradition for me to make it on her special day. When I told her of today’s prompt, she suggested I write on her favorite dessert as a way to make up for not being able to have it. So, here’s my poem.

Mango custard crumble

a layer of crumbled cookie
covered with  crème moulée
and topped with diced mangoes,
you are, the one respite from summer’s woes.

You’re a blessing; my daughter adores you
Not only that, you’re a respite from Summer’s loo
But you give her reason
to smile during the exam season –

in the torturous month of May
when comes her birthday.
Luckily for me, you make it easy
to earn the title of ‘World’s best mommy’!

I wish I could make you every day
Then I could have my way
Don’t laugh! You don’t have to deal with a teen.
“I understand. There’s no need to get all prickly and mean.

I would have helped if I could
But, the problem is with getting the right mangoes.
It’s best when you use Alphonsos.”


Not every mango goes into the dessert
just the best, the sweetest.
Yellow-green, when plucked
and to ripen, on a crib of hay, boxed.

Watched over like a baby
until the mangoes softly say they’re ready
Filling the air with a sweetness
and blushing with a delicate tenderness.

Skinned and diced
and added
over the layer of crème moulée
that tops a sheet of crumbled cookies.

The ones that don’t meet the criteria,
however, should not be considered trivia.
They’re used to making aam ras*,mango puree)
and eaten with deep-fried bread, poori.

and added
with a few dainty strands of saffron soaked in milk, a dash of ginger
And sugar.

But, you don’t need the sweetest or the best variety of mango
to make puree. So, it’s possible the Alphonso
does feel disrespected.
In fact, it might even feel dejected
Not that it matters, I suppose,

Either way, puree, dessert or plain, it gets devoured
And is loved
Although, I think it would feel empowered
if it knew how much it’s awaited.

Despite the fact that it comes only with summer’s heat,
nobody complains
As it is in the embrace of the warm wind, the mangoes ripen
And with them, carry

Bag loads of memory
holiday stories
the air filled with the fragrance of ripe mangoes
how its mere thought makes every face glow-

Fighting for the best of the lot
Squeezing the pulp out
and licking
the warm, yellow, sticky juice trickling

down the arms; chuckling.
Its sweet sight and sound enough to get an Indian smiling
I guarantee you.
Try saying ‘Mango’ to an Indian and you’ll know this is true.

9 responses to “NaPoWriMo 2023: Day 29 – You make me the world’s best mommy”

  1. ipsyb Avatar

    loved this! Although I clearly hate ripe mangoes, give me raw mangoes any day!!!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks, Ipsita. It’s good to see you here. You mean the raw ones with a dash of salt and chilli powder 🙂


  2. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Finger linking delicious. I bet it met your daughters taste buds even in words. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hey, Selma. Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I read it out to her in the morning and it made her hungry for it. lol. Thank you for being with me on this year’s NaPoWriMo. I haven’t read your poetry and I’m very sorry. It’s been a crazy month. I hope to catch up in May. XOXO

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    2. rajkkhoja Avatar

      Beautiful write up on Indian Mango. I like.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    Sounds yummy, Smitha! Happy birthday to your daughter! Two of my children have May birthdays! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Aww…how lovely that your children’s birthdays fall in May, too. It is yummy, Cheryl- sweet, cool, crunch, juicy :). Thank you for reading my poetry and commenting through the month. It helped me carry on. XXX

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