napowrimo day 22
blossomsscents wafting reminiscences
over hung gardens heavy with fruiting
centuries citrus rich & delicate ancient
Babylon Mediterranean Spainean Tuscun suns etc….
pollenated over to every property i rented as a student
from Greek immigrant landlord families in Adelaide
collecting harvests of glowering fruits
radiating winter and summer heats
mellowed lyrical as limoncellos
piles of sullen yellow cricketballs and footballed balls
rollplayed propelled across desiccated patch
running catch with backyard cats
lemons zested and juiced to use
in sherbertysyrupydrizzly cakes
down a youthfilledthroat hopeless in love with tangyperfumes
coming through the years from my fruitybackgarden halcyon lemonydaze days…
btw april 22 2021
In a prompt originally posted this past February, Poets & Writers directs us to an essay by Urvi Kumbhaton the use of mangoes in diasporic literature. As she discusses in her essay, mangoes have become a sort of shorthand or symbol that writers use to invoke an entire culture, country, or way of life. This has the beauty of simplicity – but also the problems of simplicity, in that you really can’t sum up a culture in a single image or item, and you risk cliché if you try.
But at the same time, the “staying power” of the mango underscores the strength of metonymy in poetry. Following Poets & Writers’ prompt, today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.