CALABASH

Ice-cold water from the "tootoo-cup"
tickles the palate
and soothes the gullet
in the hot, sweaty field.
on the rough, dusty road
where labourers toil
beneath the fury of the sun.

Frisky "musickers" with rhythmic skills
give frissons of delight
with their maracas trills.
a respite from the poor man's plight.

Village ladle or tea-cup.
poor man's all-purpose dish
for ritual Sabbath soup
or tasty dumpling and salt-fish:

Your inimitable flavours are unknown
to china. crystal. or enamel ware.

J A George Irish