The Life Cycle of Fruit and Vegetables in London – Vincent Edward Manda

In this world

There are fruits and vegetables

That in their short lives

Have travelled further afield

Than many of us can claim

To have ever dreamt of.


My evening salad contains

Tomatoes from Buñol,

Avocados grown in Peruvian climes

Or otherwise kissed by South African sunshine,

Sweet Sicilian lemon juice

And tangy Caribbean limes drizzled over

African horned cucumbers from Harare,

Nuts from Dar es Salaam,

Californian spring onions,

Moroccan seasoning enriched with Dead Sea salt

And Tuscany’s finest olive oil trickling over

Leaves from the islands of The Algarve


All washed down

With a honey infused Darjeeling tea.


Sometimes, I wonder,

Will I ever travel

To these wondrous places?

Or will my life;

Like that of the

Delectable life giving vegetables

On the plate before me,

End dismally somewhere in South London

On a wet winter evening

In front of a television screen

Spewing ghastly images called news?


his name rhymes with ‘mince’. He’s rarely without a notebook and can usually be found next to the closest bottle of red wine. Previously a writer for The Roehampton Lane Journal.

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