dVerse — Poetics — In Mexico Again

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One day I’d love to step outside
and pluck you from a tree.
Until then, my journey to find you
begins at a grocery aisle bin.

You, plump, lying with your friends
under a fluorescent sun, waiting
for an admirer to choose you, to
tenuously feel your flesh give.

Your skin’s rolling green texture
and your willingness to give
tells me I’m taking you home
where your taste helps me recall.

A serrated knife works best to
quarter your skin, through to
your imposing, living pit, there
in your center, waiting to sprout.

A simple twist and you fall open
buttery creamy flesh, waiting.
Your pit set aside to toothpick,
spoon brings you final end

of process began in your picking,
from a happy fruit in full sun
and only temperate clime to
dismembered servant of palate.

Fork quickly crushes you smooth
and you’re tossed in a bowl
with garlic, salsa, and lime juice,
smooth, savory, cream perfection 

on a crunchy tortilla chip.
We’re in Mexico, in our favorite
cantina, tequila warm on
a soft breeze summer night…

top  photo by Elizabeth Layman

Kim of Writing in North Norfolk is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics. Kim says:
The challenge is to think of a fruit, how it looks before and after it has been cut open, and how it tastes. Think about where and how it grows, and what it makes you think of. You may choose to write a poem in the style of Imtiaz Dharker, or you can explore the fruit in another way and in any form you wish. Whichever you choose, your poem should appeal to the senses.

64 Comments Add yours

    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, my dear!

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  1. I can almost taste the avocado! Beautifully penned, Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Shweta. I love them!

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  2. Sadje says:

    How temptingly you’ve written of this delight

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. They are gifts from mother earth.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Yes, indeed.

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    That was a great! You have a great recipe going on here! Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight, it works well!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are welcome!

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  4. Mmmm! A perfect avocado is …perfect! I have two avocado trees growing in pots – i found them on the compost heap last year at the end of summer and potted them up. I doubt I’ll ever pick avocadoes from them, though!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I did a little reading on them yesterday and consistent temperate temperature and moisture is what they say. I’ll try that with avocadette and see if it makes a difference. She may be in constant shock due to my inconsistency. Good for you on growing some!

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  5. You, plump, lying with your friends
    under a fluorescent sun, waiting
    for an admirer to choose you, to
    tenuously feel your flesh give.

    Me, ravenous, reaching greedily
    towards your little body, ripe enough
    for me to bite into, sweet enough
    to tempt my tongue and teeth

    🙂
    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for the poetic addendum, David. I take it you’re a fan of avocados 🙂

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  6. Ingrid says:

    So tempting and sensuous, you made me crave a salad of avocado like we used to eat in Spain! Off to the grocery bin for me then…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I love them every which way! Enjoy your salad, Ingrid!

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  7. writingwhatnots says:

    Mmmmm – yum. This is definitely appealing to my senses. Lovely write Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much!

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  8. kittysverses says:

    Delicious recipe and lovely poem, Li. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Kitty!

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  9. kim881 says:

    Oh, me too, Lisa, but I don’t think avocados would grow in my garden. I’d have to visit Kew Gardens to see them. My husband does a mean avocado on toast with poached eggs and a sprinkling of parmesan. I love the way you personified the avocado lying with its friends ‘under a fluorescent sun, waiting,’ with its ’rolling green texture’ and ‘willingness to give’. The lines that made my mouth water are:
    ‘A simple twist and you fall open
    buttery creamy flesh, waiting’
    and
    ‘Fork quickly crushes you smooth
    and you’re tossed in a bowl
    with garlic, salsa, and lime juice’.
    I can’t wait for lunchtime!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Kim. Your hub has a winning recipe there, will have to try it out.

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  10. oooh. your vivid words make me want to find avocado now. like now. this is sumptuous to its core and the Mexico ending is nostalgic and beautiful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rosemarie, happy to have inspired you to seek out avocado. Thank you for your lovely comment.

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      1. Yes. I got some now! 🙂 Thank you, Lisa!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome! I did also! 🙂

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  11. erbiage says:

    Wonderful ode to the alligator pear

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you! I never heard it called that before but it fits 🙂

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  12. Ron Rowland says:

    Excellent. As I was reading, I was thinking “I hope she takes the guacamole step” and you did not disappoint.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ron. Can you think of any fruit, veg, etc. that is more perfect for guacamole than an avocado? I also like to cube it and put it in a salad with mandarin orange slices and poppy seed dressing.

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  13. Grace says:

    How delicious you described the process of buying to eating the avocado. Also, one of my favorite fruits. And if you are Mexico savoring this, I am envious of you, smiles

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Grace thank you for your lovely comment. The Mexico is in reference to the song. I’ve never been there except in my mind.

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  14. K.Hartless says:

    You capture its shape and the majesty of the avocado. I adore them, so I was so glad to see someone wrote about their creamy, dreamy goodness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ah, another avocadophile! Hard to beat a good avocado…

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  15. I have not had a decent avocado for years… too often they are too hard or almost rotten… so I would probably wait until I get to a place where I can pick them on the tree.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      There is a time of the year here where they are just perfect from the market. Yes, sounds like you’re better off taking a vaca to Mexico or California. I’d love to visit Santa Barbara again and take that train that runs along the coast, then hit wine country.

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  16. Sunra Rainz says:

    I adore this whole poem! Especially the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th stanza and the lines: from a happy fruit in full sun / and only temperate clime to / dismembered servant of palate. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m delighted you are delighted. Thank you!

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  17. Helen Dehner says:

    Avocado perfection … I can taste the slices, the quac on shredded lettuce, the chopped tomatoes …. ah, Lisa .. what have you done? I am salivating.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Now I’m hankering for a perfect avocado too! Yum!

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  18. Dale says:

    Wonderful, Lisa. one of my favourite fruit to be eaten alone with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper… mmmm

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That sounds tasty, Dale. A good healthy way to eat fruit of the gods.

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      1. Dale says:

        It is soooo good!
        And your poem was delightful.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Dale

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  19. sanaarizvi says:

    “A simple twist and you fall open buttery creamy flesh, waiting.” Yes! 😀 This is absolutely stunning, Lisa 💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy it pleases you, Sanaa, thank you 🙂

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  20. memadtwo says:

    I love avocados. (K)

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  21. sean@bogie says:

    you have portrayed one of my favourites so well

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sean!

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  22. kaykuala h says:

    Love that sense of loving it from the moment of seeing at the grocer’s and enjoying the luscious insides at home. We have to experience it the same way as they are mostly imported.. Great write Jade!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank thank you very much for your comment 🙂

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  23. You managed to make even the buying the avocado at the supermarket a poetic experience!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well it is! 😉

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      1. I actually don’t like avocados (or any fruit really), but I like your answer!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You don’t like fruit? I’m guessing you do like vegetables? Glad you like the answer, JYP 🙂

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          1. I do love vegetables! I enjoyed your avocado poem, even though I don’t like eating them

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Thanks, JYP!

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  24. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Jen just started to get them and she makes guacamole on the weekends and it is great…I never liked it until recently.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      See what you were missing out on!

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Yes I was! I never did care for it and it just clicked in…it being fresh helps

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes it has to be fresh and it doesn’t keep. You can put lemon or lime juice in it to keep it from browning but that only works so well.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            No it doesn’t…I saw that…it turns black…but we never have too much left.

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