Assimilating

Ravi, bird of paradise, dressed in worn out Levis, Nikes down at heel lays out his stall with passion fruit, mangoes, kumquats, purple grapes, Exotic juicy jewels.


The following piece was awarded Second Prize in the OU Students Association Freshers Writing Competition for Freshers Fortnight 2022 (25 Jan – 6 Feb). The author, Jackie, is living in Norfolk and is studying A111 Arts and Humanities.

A photograph of fruit.Image by Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay 

Ravi, bird of paradise, dressed

in worn out Levis, Nikes down at heel

lays out his stall with passion fruit,

mangoes, kumquats, purple grapes,

            Exotic juicy jewels. 

A haggling zoo prods among the baubles.

Hey missis! Please don’t squeeze me till I’m yours!

Rank market smells, smeared street, bleared sky,

Stepney’s not Hyderabad; its scents of spice,

            Crowded bright bazaar.

Ravi, bird of paradise, white robed

pulls off his sandals in the evening cool

and bows to pray,

            Hyderabad, far away.


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