Market day

Colleen’s weekly challenge poet’s choice.

Merchants on the street
Vivacious and inviting
Draped in eloquence
Buoyant smiles flash behind stalls
Eager hands frisk within stock

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To touch the velvet skin of fresh apples
So much choice, so many to pick from

To savour the pop and plop of a sample berry
Its bliss, exploding in your mouth

To smell the fragrance of different greens
Chlorophyll delights of every kind

To hold the solid texture of tubers-
bred within the earth
Shapes and shades of every regard
Carrots and yams
Ca-ssava, potatoes

Oh! To sigh from the wistful memories of your dormant senses!

How I miss the market day!
As my order comes,
from who knows where
Disinfected, of its earthen flavour
Nature’s Je-ne sais-quoi
Sanitized away!

Alas, these changing times!

66 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    This is remarkable sight. So many good things.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you like this Sadje πŸ’›πŸ’œ

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      1. Sadje says:

        πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  2. So relatable Jude. I also mis my visits to the market to pick up fresh buys. Your words brought out the fruity fragrances alive πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Rhadika, I’ve been feeling quite wistful this week

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  3. kittysverses says:

    Ah! This is such a lovely fruity tribute, Jude. Very true of the times. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Kitty, I’m so glad you like itπŸ’•

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

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  4. I miss going to the local market. Though they have opened up again, the experience of just not the same these days. Your words took me on a trip down the memory lane πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad they did, I’ve been indoors for almost a week and so I’m becoming quite wistful.
      I’ve just passed by your blog, so many things I like. I’ll be reading through tonight

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  5. Oh, I am in love with this piece and the photo. Beautiful, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you like this Gabriella. I really wanted to share this.🌼🌷

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      1. It’s gorgeous Jude. It really is.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ€—πŸŒΈ

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Jude, I feel so much if this myself. I miss the colors and the touch and smells of my market too. I will welcome it back with a smile (k)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Indeed. I miss it also because I used to enjoy the friendly haggling and random skits of conversation and opinions

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  7. So beautiful poem and yes the changing times and markets too have changed over time. Lovely pictures of fresh fruits and vegetables too.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. You are welcome dear.

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  8. I enjoy the imagery your words purvey.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Lutfi, I’m glad you appreciate this

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  9. Anisha says:

    I miss going to the market too. Fruits and fragrances… I can feel them through your words.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Anisha. And the vibrance too🌼🌷🌸

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  10. You make me want to be at an open market seeing all the fresh produce, hearing people, just wandering.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, I wanted to share my subtle cravings

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      1. I love farmer’s markets and even the street markets in New York City. It is just fun and it is nice to find fresh things.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        It really is, thank you for sharing this πŸŒΈπŸ’›

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  11. I am also missing the normal and joyful things in life, Jude. A lovely poem, I can smell the fruit.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Roberta. I’m happy to see that an open market day is a global activity anyone anywhere can relate to.

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  12. Jude, what fabulous tanka prose. I love the subject and your images! I miss the outdoor markets, as well. You know you aren’t required to follow the 5/7/5/7/7 word count on your tanka. You can do a short/long/short/long/long count instead. I can haibun and tanka prose are going to become some of your favorites! ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Oh that’s liberating. But I think I prefer the syllabic tanka, it’s just fun to try and make it work
      Thank you so much Colleen

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      1. I like the challenge of making it all work as well. πŸ˜€

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  13. Khwahish S says:

    Miss the easier times, this is nicely done!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Khwahish. It’s always the little things 😌

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  14. jazzytower says:

    I long for one of those market days when fruit smelled like fruit. Nicely done Jude 😊

    Pat

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you kindly πŸ™πŸΎ

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  15. justcalmwildness says:

    I miss market days too!! I miss hearing people advertising their products. i miss the life in the market!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Glad to see you feel the same about this

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  16. Jay Bleu says:

    Everything’s so vivid I can imagine it

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad it has this effect on you, it’s exactly what I wanted to create when I wrote it

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      1. Jay Bleu says:

        Good Job! B-)

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  17. Bulbul says:

    Ah! sigh. I miss all of it, now, small things matter a lot. Beautiful piece, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Bubble? Interesting username you got there.
      Thank you so much 🌸😊

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      1. Bulbul says:

        Thanks! It is my nickname actually, I started with this, Bulbul- means nightingale, now I decided to use it as my pen name. 😁😁

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Very nice πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

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      3. Bulbul says:

        thank you, Jude! You are very kind! πŸ™‚

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  18. Elizabeth says:

    I miss the market days too! But I’d be disgusted seeing everybody touching the fruits and vegetables these days.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, some fruits are hard not to touch, especially while checking if they are overripe. Gloves perhaps? And yet it is not the same. Hopefully this storm will pass

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  19. michnavs says:

    Ahhh Jude this is beautiful…how i wish we could go back to how it used to be..

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Michelle πŸ€—. Yes indeed, there are things that shouldn’t change and some that should

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  20. Sue Vincent says:

    I love a good market… and miss them at the moment.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I know right, thanks for stopping over Sue, it means alot

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      1. Sue Vincent says:

        My pleasure, Jude.

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  21. Jules says:

    I guess then I am lucky to have a small farmers market I can go to.
    I usually head straight for the ‘ugly’ or seconds table. I’ve use some of the onions for onion soup, and the potatoes for potato salad and home made potato chips!

    Still have to wear a mask in – but at least I can ‘smell the farm and the land’. Hope you get to – soon.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      That’s delightful. Fingers crossed. Thank you so much JulesπŸ’•

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  22. Wow. I couldn’t think of this idea. Loved this 🧑

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much ShreyaπŸ’•

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ’•

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  23. merrildsmith says:

    A delight for the senses in your words.
    I miss going to farmer’s markets, too.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Merril, it’s those small things

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        Yes, indeed.

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