KING OF FRUITS - THE DURIAN

a poem by Jacinta Ramayah, Malaysia - poetry writer, author, poet

Chef on television, described its taste
as mixture of putrid onions, rotten cheese,
odor permeates air, sticks to clothes
and on entering nose, smell doesn't cease,
when left in refrigerator, door is opened
pong hits, reel like from kangaroo’s kick,
local ice-cream, Irish sister-in-law ate
wondered why she became nauseously sick,
read about 'durian flavor'. No wonder!
she threw it away, no more for her.

Locals adore it for its heavenly smell
flesh smooth, soft, deliciously creamy,
taste is sharp, sweet, fruit of paradise
put in one's mouth, swirl tongue slowly,
incomparable feeling, blissful, divine
salivary glands, taste buds in over-drive,
fruit fit for royalty, love it in superlative
feelings of ecstasy, without it can’t survive,
durian, fruit of ‘thorns’, that’s outside,
inside, king of fruits, that can’t be denied.

29 Dec 2007

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