‘Sustenance’ is a poem about the relationship I had with food, as a teenager. Back then, I ate very little, as it was so important to me to be thin. I only allowed myself to eat breakfast on Saturdays; snacks and desserts were limited to weekends and special occasions. Sometimes, I gave in to cravings and binged on sweet-treats. Even now, I often eat chocolate when I’m stressed . . .

The poem is also about travel and references a school exchange trip to France, which I found very daunting. Interestingly, it was the experience of a new food in an inspiring setting that helped me to relax and enjoy my surroundings. This says a lot about the culture in Brittany – food is such a natural part of the day and is always given time and attention. I recommend a visit!

You may have noticed that this post is a K. S. Moorefirst’, as the featured poem is not only available to read, but also available to hear.  If you do have a listen, please let me know what you think!  


At a time when food meant skin with folds,
I hungered for all things sweet:
iced buns, custard, marzipan fruit . . .

I wanted to feel taste,

cut out chips, ate small, round potatoes,
drank skimmed milk, missed breakfast,

except at weekends


Strawberry Crunch was my morning desire.

At 18, I sailed to Brittany, bars of
chocolate eased the waves, gave me
a melting shield against strangers.

The peak was the meal of my life:
‘Moules Frites’ – essence of sea view,


K. S. Moore

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K. S. Moore is a Welsh Poet and Writer, based in Ireland. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword and Crannog.Online magazines: Nutshells and Nuggets, And Other Poems, and Ink Sweat and Tears have also featured poems. Meanwhile, flash fiction and short stories have been published in FlashFlood, Metazen, Number Eleven and The Bohemyth.K. S. Moore has been shortlisted for Flash Mob 2013, Blog Awards Ireland and 99 Fiction. She has performed at Waterford Writers' Weekend, Waterford Winterval and Swansea's Dylan Thomas Festival.


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