Ode to Punica Granatum

I

As I carve into you

I’m reminded of Holy Wars

This drought-tolerant beauty.

Your thick skin

around your core

like faces cracked from the sun

Your white,

astringent pulp,

powers the Ayurveda system

warding off disease.

Your seeds, purple like a sultan’s robe.

Your bitterness

is like the tongues of

two nations fighting.

I consume you red bulb of fruit.

Punica,

Punica,

You have bested thousands of

sandstorms to crawl

out of the Middle East

to spread your creation

around our vibrant

storybook world.

II

Ancient Persia:

You give invincibility,

And protect its core from me.

Ancient Greece:

The Gods manipulate you,

As I operate your insides.

Ancient Egypt:

You’re a symbol of ambition

and prosperity that doesn’t give me power.

 

Punica,

Punica,

 

China:

The emblem of fertility,

making your seeds gratifying.

Christianity:

You’re forever-painted in time,

and fade away off my table into the abyss.

            III

Missoula, Montana:

You, Pomegranate

has powers and exquisite textures

To land on my

grandmother’s kitchen table,

for sacrifice,

for smooth jelly.

But for me,

I cut you,

blend you

to make you

into jelly

to eat on

a piece of bread.

Kris Price

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About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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