Culture Free Verse Poetry

Pineapple Vending

vending
pineapples
with urgency

money.
exchange.
quick. before
the street guard surge

Walking out of the money exchange kiosk I found my path blocked by a tricycle stretched with pineapples. A young man was urgently slicing his wares into plastic shopping bags. My 50 peso order was interrupted by a huge jeepney driver who commanded 2 bags full from the driver’s seat of his open passenger vehicle — but drove off when the street guard surged out of the crowd. Somehow the young vendor slipped that plastic bag of sweet fruit into my hand and secured the 50 peso note before disappearing into the traffic.

~ Mandurriao, Philippines.

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