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?