ramen (student budget)

that flat seasoning packet
with artificial chicken
stirred into ripple-pressed
perfect noodle squares–

the cardboard & boiling water
i lived on in college
because it was cheap
& i could cook it
in under 10 minutes

i can’t understand why
my children want ramen for lunch
because i ate it every day
happy hour didn’t include 50-cent beer
& a buffet

when i taste it now
if i close my eyes
i see highlighted pages
and notes for papers scrawled
on yellow legal pads
the same shade
as that broth–
just less salty

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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33 Responses to ramen (student budget)

  1. BroadBlogs says:

    As an adult I’ve re-tried certain foods I loved as a child, and was left wondering why I liked them in the first place?

  2. a stroll to the past! Tastes, images and sounds emerge and fuse. nice!

    • Susan L Daniels says:

      Thanks, Noel! Every time I smell them cooking I am drawn back to when I ate a lot of them. I do not eat them now if I can help it ;).

  3. brudberg says:

    Love how you see the color of the paper in the broth (though here in Sweden the paper was always white)

  4. Anna Stewart says:

    Love the last stanza and especially the last line…perfect!

  5. I love it! Those last couple of lines are stellar. My son loves ramen too. I tell him it’s a good thing, cause he’ll need to in a few years. ;)

  6. Green Speck says:

    I loved Maggi when I was small, and I love it even today, after having lived 27 years in this planet :-)

  7. Trent Lewin says:

    I have the same experience with rice noodle with tamarind sauce.

  8. Beth Camp says:

    A lovely, sensuous poem that celebrates (of all things) Ramen!!!! Well done! I see the ramen through your adult eyes AND your children’s eyes. My college days were filled with 19 cent tacos from Taco Bell, but I don’t remember 50 cent beer!

  9. Lena Corazon says:

    I used to LOVE ramen when I was growing up, but after my starving grad student days, I’ll be happy to stay away from it for a while. Wonderful way of conveying your experience with ramen!

  10. Beautiful the way you played off the paper and the soup itself. Lovely intermingle and imagery. I get that you know the soup intimately, kind of like a lost love. Gone bad of
    course.

  11. Bruce Ruston says:

    When I close my eyes I see SQL, html and Java code great write really takes me back four years when at Uni

  12. unfetteredbs says:

    when I close my eyes I see a cheap tin hot pot on the floor, 2 plastic bowls and a smiling friend sitting across from me..thanks Susan for the flashback. Nicely done

  13. nelle says:

    roflmao… occasionally feasted on it in a far different sort of place.

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