Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HAWAIIAN MARKET PLACE by John Grey

HAWAIIAN MARKET PLACE

Green onions, fried rice,
soy sauce, star fruit –
I nibble on smells
as I roam the marketplace.

One stall offers natural medicines
from the rain forest –
lavender and indigo.
I sniff myself a cure or two.

Someone unzips a banana.
Another cuts into passionfruit skin.
Seeds ride sweet yellow juice
into the salty warm.
And everywhere there’s pineapples,
ripe and sun-burst on opening.

Later there’ll be fireworks.
But, for now,
I’m checking out a lilikoi,
its bright yellow skin, tart pulp.

It tastes of Oahu, Maui, Kauai
and the big Island.
It makes me feel
sea-air brushed,
water lapped,

and miles from any neighbor.



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