By: Nylda Dieppa
Bunches of fat green ape fingers
Huddle around the knobby pole
That ends in a shy cluster of yellow eyelashes
Demurely covered in a wine-colored veil
Strong and thick and protective and bruised.
Food for some, decoration for others,
Nuisance for the ignorant
Heavy, delicious mafafos,
I waited many years for your gestation.
Many years too I’ve waited for my own Birth
The culmination of what I was supposed to become:
Beautiful, strong, foreign, pungent, fulfilling
Food for friends and foes alike.
Only the wise, the patient, the brave
Can look beyond the blood-covered front
That hangs, limp and lifeless-looking,
And picture beauty and sweetness inside.
Nylda Dieppa is a Puerto Rican writer, poet, translator, and author of Alborada: A Poetic Memoir Across Cultures, a finalist in the Royal Palms Literary Awards competition. She is currently working at her Central Florida home on a memoir based on the life of her ancestors in Puerto Rico titled, Amada (Beloved).