Spiky, sticky okra slime

Mirchis* burning fingers with the Florida sun

Ducking ants climbing stalks in summer.

Pecans in paper bags after blueberries and figs

Bountiful and prolific work that never ends

Indian carrots from the village more pink and

red than orange.  Red blemish on American carrots

don’t have the same flavor

Cold winter’s day. Warm sweet, gaajar-ka-halva**

cooking on the fire outside and at home.  Children

running around the island while the carrots cooked


*Mirchis are the small, hot indian peppers

**gaajar-ka-halva is a sweet dessert made from carrots