Biodiversity on a Platter

a girl born under the scales
generous to a fault
conserves supply of smiles
puts biodiversity
on a platter, for eating clean
ain’t black and white

for Poets United

many ways to eat a fish

And responding to Rommy, I wish I could say I was this good, when it comes to maintaining a health lifestyle. As we all know writing life can be unhealthy with all that sitting down and frequent visits to the kitchen for snacking.

But I try, I try…

I often start with an early morning walk before I sit down to write. But there are times, when I’m in the “zone”, I forget all about walking, eating, showering and many other things responsible adults do. Luckily, I have my husband to remind me to go outside, when I’m in this kind of space.

So, yes with a bit of coercing, I do keep reasonably fit. 😀

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. I love the idea of biodiversity on a platter…….I turned to a plant-based diet some years ago, for the sake of the animals. Their suffering hurts my heart. I walk every day, also, but so slowly, hampered by various ailments. Fit, I am not. LOL. But I’m still here!

  2. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you work from home with no set schedule. I have to force myself into a routine. Luckily my husband is a health nut and an excellent cook so eating well is easy in our home.

  3. Yes, biodiversity on a platter. That is a great and big step to doing something. I admire that when people can keep a plant based diet, like you and Sherry!

  4. I was charmed by your piece. LOL, it defintely isn’t black and white! Goodness, even without conflicting information about which foods are “in” or “out”, it’s hard to figure out the balance that makes us thrive.

    I have also found myself in the writing zone too. Thank goodness for supportive and thoughtful spouses!

  5. Ha…writing is all consuming at times, she says, looking at a large pile of correspondence she should be attending to. Glad others are like this.

  6. Education is the problem as humans once were quite happy omnivores to stay alive. Fruit and plants were fine to eat as they didn’t run away or look the same as you or me. But in the winter with nothing to eat we had to eat animals or each other to stay alive; so we chose the first option and now we are still here…yay!

  7. Eating right all the time is a challenge… works most of the time though and is a lot easier than keeping a strict exercise regimen!!

  8. ” biodiversity / on a platter,”…It’s good for all. However I am happy with only veg & fish. Okay & occasional eggs. No meat. Lol.

  9. Biodiversity “ain’t black and white”–as you imply with your eating imagery. As everyone has pointed out, that “on a platter” line is brilliant, as is conserving smiles and the entire poem. If only conservation was still a solution. We must make it so.

  10. Actually I read that walking slow saves wear and tear on the joints. So, you are on the right track. I also admire you for embracing plant-based diet. That’s a real commitment!

  11. It’s certainly is difficult Val. So, maintaining a routine is crucial. Kudos to your husband for supporting healthy living!

  12. Hi Carrie! I’m afraid I’m not completely on a plant-based diet like Sherry. I still do eat meat, just less frequently than before. See, as I said biodiversity ain’t black and white. 😀

  13. Thanks Rommy. 🙂 And yes, it’s difficult to keep up with all conflicting information on what to eat or not. Label queens (and kings) can spend all day at a grocery store reading food labels…lol. But yay to supportive spouses, indeed!

  14. At least, you’re not looking at a big slab of chocolate. Dealing with a large pile of correspondence is a better option. 😀

  15. “Education is the problem…” LOL! But yes, I hear you, our ancestors were foragers. I guess we should be aiming at not ending up eating other, after we’ve destroy everything!

  16. You are correct eating right can be a challenge, and expensive if the word “organic” also comes into the mix. But we ought to try!

  17. Oh, I hear you, Khaya…its not easy to stick to a regimented routine . One needs minds of steel for that. But, yes thank goodness for a supportive spouse. Smiles…
    Very interesting poem.

  18. There is nothing black and white about healthy eating, indeed. It comes with sacrifices and even a little screaming.

    I laughed so hard when I read that your husband reminds you to go outside. I’m supposed to move around every 90 minutes, if not things start to hurt. If I’m on my own, I set alarms. But if my Piano Man is home, you will often hear him say, “Woman, stop writing or walk around. Don’t make me push you!” as per my request. The muse is a greedy one.

  19. LOL…I can imagine your Piano Man with hands on his waist and saying, “Don’t make me push you!”

    One has to be vigilant with the muse, it can be all consuming. Supportive spouses are a blessing, because a writer needs that kind of support too.

    Setting alarms, when alone, is useful too. I should do it often.

  20. 😉 Writing is the elixir that covers all sins! 🙂
    PS – I love fish – so, later today I’m going for a walk… to put my new lobster pot to the test! I NEED to braai lobster! 😉

  21. True AJ, magical powers of writing cannot be denied. I hope you succeeded in catching lobster for your braai because it’s sounds like it could be a delicious meal. 😀

  22. Believe it or not… I did catch a lobster and a crab… and lost my new net! The lobster was undersized so it lives on with the crab! Now it is time for Plan B… or C/ D/ … whatever. 🙂

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