harvesting plantain


Banana tree (Musa x paradisiaca) male inflores...

Banana tree (Musa x paradisiaca) male inflorescence Français : Inflorescence mâle (popote) de bananier (Musa x paradisiaca). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was his best machete,

though its edge was barely

sharp, yet it flashed in the sun

when Manolo swung his blade—

harvesting plantain.


At night he rested, dreaming

of the cement ribbon below,

like a river shimmering

through the curly, green fronds

of the mountains to the city.


How many plantains will fall before

Manolo grows old, no longer dreaming 

of seas and skies embracing—

in the golden mists of  tides,

along the shores of a legend?


—Carole Fragoza

Lexington, KY

January 8, 2011


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