Robert Dummett


Memory Recall


I remember those spunky days
of youth when we snoozed in early morn
ere the clang of church bells beat those drums,
and Gombo Li Li decked in birthday suit spouting
polysyllabic vocables as he paraded downtown aimlessly

those mangoes that dodged our stones
those breadfruits that defied our stones
those 'donkey-eyes' that were our stones
but went blind when tossed at temptation

the famished iguanas turning green with rage

the rivers that swallowed beer bottles and
urinated with banks frothing on their sides

the 'holy' shack where expletives were daily benedictions
the cafe that reeked a riot of spending cents
amidst the persistent whining of a wasted kettle

those children who bagged from school a mockery of learning

those nervous ferns that closed like a virgin by mere touch

those mongrels that traded their lot for feline lives
to beat unbelievable odds

the mangrove that wore high heels at the water's edge
complaining to birds on stilts slinging saucer shaped stones

those crippled freighters treading water to stay afloat

those coconut vein kites ducking and diving
in air combat like the 'Red Baron' gunning for supremacy

those gulls wheeling overhead like windmills
their cries a rusty record in time

those spunky days when hormones played havoc,
and skirts were nervous

those spunky days when we chewed the fat
and rode on wave after wave of memories

through vast doldrums blown

Submitted: Saturday, June 04, 2011
Edited: Sunday, December 29, 2013
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