Flour, salt, water

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It was a Saturday afternoon. Animation audio spooling through the aqua, red-roofed bungalow. Cozy.

She would let me play with the dough from whatever bread or baking she was making. She also made play dough for me, adding food colouring. She explains, not for the first time, that the homemade play dough recipe is similar to that for lots of recipes, like poori, for example. 

She’d let me play with the poori dough too, always in a good mood when she fried dough for bread, which she would do, singing.

She would say that the home-made play dough was as good as the store bought kind, & she wasn’t wrong. She knew things. She was confident about that. It made me love the pink dough & the blue dough the most. She made them for me after all. Me at the kitchen table making art. Her making our life.

Small tree sculptures from

Flour, water, salt & love

Outside, wind sounds spring

For this week’s dverse Haibun prompt A walk down memory lane.

 Ⓒ Niliema Karkhanis

6 thoughts on “Flour, salt, water

  1. msjadeli

    What a beautiful childhood memory! FYI: NRK, I clicked the link in your poem and it correctly took me to the Mr. Linky for Monday’s Haibun prompt; however you have linked it up to the Mr. Linky for Tuesday’s Poetics prompt. Would you please click on the link in your post and then link it up with the Mr. Linky you find there? Thank you and if you need help with it, let me know.

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  2. lillian

    What a beautiful and sensitive memory. Is this about your mother? The illustrating photo is just perfect for it. I found this line very special indeed: “Me at the kitchen table making art. Her making our life.” Lovely haiku that complements the prose as well.
    Added note: I used to make homemade play dough for my grandchildren 🙂 I do believe you are correct…..it’s so much better than store-bought and most especially because it contains love! 🙂

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    1. nrk Post author

      Thank you! I appreciate the specific feedback about what resonated with you. I loved this prompt. Yes it is about my mother. & agreed, it is better than store bought.



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