Strange Fruit

Colonialism and mangoes

 

We are not exotic.

There is still the taste of granny smiths swimming in the cracks

Around our taste buds,

The flesh of mango and dragon fruit doesn’t

Seem to get rid of this.

 

We’ve tried to get rid of this.

 

But those apples have become a part of our anatomy,

We continue to choke on the seeds

And find ourselves drinking the water off of the Gulf of Aden.

 

Trying to water down colonialism

Can be hard

No matter how much we drink East African

Granny smiths seem to still be blocking the entry.

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