“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” Albert Einstein
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Collage of Ube, Udara, Guanabana & Sweet Detar
The Fruits Came Calling by eof
The fruits came calling
One by one they lined the street
Munch on me, one said…
Ube, Dark as night
blows kiss to Guanabana
Sweet Detar, join us.
Kiss me, said White Star
The locals say Udala
Tasty gummy pulp…
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits: I was reading a post about Filipino food on lolakojane’s blog. She mentioned Ube and that word sent me down memory lane… I was back in my father’s village, eating exotic fruit on languid days; Ube (bush butterfruit), Udala (African White Star Apple), Icheku oyibo (Tamarind), Icacina, guava and many more. The word Ube means something different for lolakojane (purple yam, while mine is a fruit), but the colors are same – purple. So that purple fruit, top left, sent me on a journey back in time to exotic fruit land.
“Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.” Jean Arp
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Collage of Squared Watermelon, Durian, Kumquat, and Passionfruit.
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Collage of Dragon fruit, Pomegranate, Monstera Deliciosa & Lychee
Take me home with you
said Squared Watermelon
Not tonight, Durian…
I will walk Kumquat!
Take me too, cooed Passion fruit
Dragon fruit said squat…
Dance with me, Lychee…
As I gathered my photos and links, I was again reminded how magnificent nature’s bounty is. The range of fruit and flora we enjoy is amazing, and barely a thank you to Mother Nature… The Haiku are all connected in a fruitful, fruit filled dream state conversation; who is speaking, observing, listening? The Self?
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” Shirley MacLaine
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Soursop, Sweetsop, Akee, Pepino Collage
Haiku: Dreaming of Exotic Fruits… Buddhas Hands, Aguajefruit, Papaya, Breadfruit, collage
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Miraclefruit, Starfruit, Jackfruit collage
A Soursop nodded
Sweetsop to you Pepino
I know, begged Ackee…
Buddha’s Hands wave back
Aguajefruit finger snaps!
Here comes Papaya…
I dreamt of breadfruit
Miraclefruit and Starfruit
Even Jackfruit called …
Some of these fruits I’ve enjoyed and some I have not… I am no longer in my father’s village but the memories linger. So while there is time, wherever we are, we must sit awhile and have some new, exotic fruit. Yes? What have you not had from the list of fruits mentioned? What’s stopping you?
“Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.” Democritus
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Biriba, Horned Melon, Cupuacu, Cashew Fruit collage
Haiku: Dreaming Of Exotic Fruits… Mangosteen, Persimmon, Langsat, Feijoa collage
Biriba asked for…
African Horned Cucumber
Two Cashew Fruits cried
As Mangosteen fell down dead
Persimmon killed her…
Langsat’s my witness
And a sweet Kiwano fruit.
Feijoa or jail?
This haiku is a celebration of exotic fruits from around the world; some unusual and some a bit more familiar… They meet me in a dream. They are quite solicitous. We chat, we joke, we speculate… all in a dream, all on a dare. Do you have memories of fruit that isn’t so available to you now? Share your favorite exotic, uncommon fruit with me. More below!