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Banana Paper

more scalp than halo
tan than yellow
crinkled speckled sheets
which someone like me
suburban white
buys as souvenir
(I saw the Costa Ricans
lifting crates in their orchards)
At home I eat organic
should compost the peels
could write about all that’s wrong
but don’t
One produce aisle at Price Chopper —
half a world’s supply
of notebooks
(I drove past San Ramon)
The lokta from Nepal
serves just as well
so I’m told
for words of protest
Fact & Fiction —
This poem was inspired by Roberta Gould’s poetry reading at Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY) on May 6, 2009. Her poems about Mexico reminded me of the banana paper I purchased on a trip to Costa Rica ; and her book printed in Nepal reminded me of the Nepal paper I purchased at a Ten Thousand Villages shop. According to Ms. Gould’s website, she has done educational work on responsible tourism. While my family members strive to be responsible as both local homeowners and travelers abroad, we could probably do better. I now live in a city, near a Price Chopper, but was raised in the suburbs.
Sound & Sense —
The sound of this poem was influenced by the work of Roberta Gould, both the poems she read aloud, and the texts in her books : short, direct phrases, some of which appear on the page to overrun one another.  As this poem developed, I adopted many short and long “o” sounds, an accidental sonic pattern.

About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

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