Peter Jailall is a teacher, poet and storyteller. He has read his poetry in schools, libraries and universities across North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. A graduate of the University of Toronto ( B.Ed., M.A.), Peter is an avid supporter of human rights and social values as well as an advocate of environmental protection. Peter has published several books, This Healing Place 1993, Yet Another Home 1997, When September Comes 2003, all of these published by Natural Heritage. His book Mother Earth: poems for her children is due to be published in September 2009 by In Our Words Inc.
He was a finalist for a Mississauga Arts Award in the category of Established Literary Artist. He is currently a volunteer with CUSO-VSO as a teacher- trainer in Guyana. Peter lives in Mississauga with his wife Sabi and their two sons Dave and Nari. He enjoys gardening during the summer.
by Peter Jailall
Sumintra sits patiently
On her wooden peerha
Under the spreading neem tree,
Near Mahaica big bridge,
Where the river bends
And the road curves,
Selling the beset tropical fruits
Grown in the land.
Smooth, round, brown sapodilllas.
Short, sweet, yellow fig bananas.
White and purple star apples,
Juice running down you elbows me buddy.
Rattling green avocados.
Yellow spice mangoes.
Beautiful red cashews,
Insides white like candy floss.
Huge watermelons sounding,
Kangsing sweeter than tassa drumming.
Sumintra awaits the arrival
Of the minibus and the speedboat
On the other side of the world,
Far away from Big Market.
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