Tuna Fish and Chocolate—What?

I’m trying something new. I’ve decided to keep a sensory detail journal—a small notebook with lots of blank pages! No stress. Just a fun way to practice sensory detail writing, and a great writing exercise.  For some reason my mind occasionally likes to think in rhyme. That’s how I’ve written my first two entries.

So, the other day I opened a can of tuna. The smell of tuna fish gets to me, but after I mix it together will all the good stuff, I enjoy a tuna sandwich.  I wrote about tuna in my journal.  It’s not profound. How profound can tuna be?

Tuna:
The pungent stench of tuna fish
assaults my sense of smell.
It saturates my sinuses
now stagnant, putrid wells.

Oh, wafting trail of rottenness.
You oily fish-foul-scent.
My kitchen fan escorts you out.
Whoooosh! There you went!

After the tuna incident, I allowed myself  (deservedly so) to linger over a piece of dark chocolate.  I wrote another silly rhyme in my journal. It’s not profound either–but chocolate IS!

Chocolate:
I finger the delicate square with care.
There’s a reverence in the room.
This dark, mysterious morsel
is about to chase away my gloom.

It coats my mouth with happiness,
this slick and velvety gem.
I cannot speak—just umm, umm,
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
The world is right, again.

Silly, huh? But it was fun!

Try keeping a sensory journal.  You don’t need to write a novel and you certainly don’t need to write in rhyme—I just can’t help it!

Hmm. I’m thinking of writing about chocolate again. Perhaps today. You know what that means (o;

Sheryl

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5 responses to “Tuna Fish and Chocolate—What?

  1. Sherri, GREAT!!! Such a good idea about writing sensory detail down. I’ll have to get my notebook out!!!

    Gloria

  2. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I also need to go buy some chocolate!
    ~Tina

  3. Marjorie Flathers

    VERY clever, Sherri! So cute and yet so practical. And remember, dark chocolate is now a health food 🙂

    Marge

  4. Sherri! What a fun way to keep your creative juices running. Great idea!
    -Veronica

  5. Sherri, I could just feel that silky chocolate melting in my mouth! It’s an image worth remembering.

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