Thursday, 9 February 2012

Ode to Coconut

Coconut is everything
as in the classic definition of kalpa-vrksha
takes little and gives all.
coconut is crop, plantation
sambol and mallum-mix
made for sweets and thickness
it is dust-sweeper and chalice
fuel and rope,
decorator and denote of the auspicious
intoxicant and unguent
house-maker and wicket for village cricket
a child’s play horse at times
patterner of landscapes
economy holder
but this wet Tuesday morning
it was a lined triangle
in the reverse V
of a Kawda’s tail
as beautiful and rich
no less eloquent or giving.


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