Tuesday, May 20, 2008


We need more lemons
but you won’t find a lemon tree within
a thousand miles of here

Would soapberries do?

Best bring in another citrus shipment
by jet plane, direct from Florida
a dollar a lemon, going cheap—

but wouldn’t it be cheaper
in the long run
to move to Cuba?

The rhythm of that island, its fruits and its
impossible flowers would be
a welcome change,
but nothing like the
changing seasons

We need bananas too, so maybe
we should see if one of us can get elected
as President of a banana republic,

hopefully a republic not deep under the
shadow of the USA and recently
restructured by the World Bank
(though that job might be going cheap on EBay)

The President gets all the bananas she wants,
doesn’t she?

We could eat plenty of bananas before
the next military coup

Pineapple, anyone?

Rachel Westfall
May 20, 2008

1 comment:

Kyddryn said...


Shade and Sweetwater,