KITCHEN SCENE (BALI)

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, 28th June 2006, 00:00

Chewing her betel, and bare to the waist,
grinding a ginger-root, chopping shallots;
Koki sits pounding, and mixing a paste,
humming a pokok, preparing her pots.

Fish in banana leaves, pungent with spice,
lobster in sauce of a coconut cream;
larvae of dragon-flies, chillies and rice,
dishes fantastic, an epicure’s dream.

Ant-eater, boiled, and served in bamboo,
turtle with peanuts, verbena, and limes;
fighting cocks, vanquished, the gods to subdue,
cooked to the sweet-sounding gamelan’schimes.

 

From Kairos – Selected Poems No 1, a book of Mr Hudson’s poetry.

 

Kairos means “opportune moment”.

T. C. Hudson

© T. C. Hudson.
This work may not be reproduced without prior permission of the author.

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