Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Melongeno"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by the "Eggplant" square in my 1-1-20 card for the Less Usual Bingo Patterns fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Melongeno"

[Wednesday, September 2, 2015]

Graham was working in his home office
when Shiv ghosted into the room like
a white cat bending around a wall.

"What can I do for you?"
Graham said, looking up.

"Brought you something,"
Shiv said as he scooted
a box across the desk.

Graham looked at it.

Cartoon vegetables
cavorted across the box
under the familiar logo
of Jackson & Jason's
first aid supplies.

"Veggie bandaids?"
Graham wondered.

Shiv smirked. "Open it."

Graham opened the box
and shook out a few of
the sealed packets inside.

It held bandaids in
several different
shapes and sizes.

All of them were eggplants.

It startled him into a laugh.
"Where in the world did you find
a box of eggplant bandaids?"
he said, shaking his head.

"I didn't," Shiv said. "They were
all kinds. I thought they were funny,
so I bought a few boxes. I remembered
your favorite cuss word, so I sorted out
all of the eggplant ones for you."

The gesture was as startling
as it was touching, because
Shiv had not gotten to grow up
thinking about other people like
the rest of the Finnlings had.

"Melongeno," Graham said softly.
"Thank you, Hugo. I like these
very much. I'm sure to need them."

A dip of chin, a rare sweet smile --
Graham was learning to distinguish
the glimpses of Hugo from Shiv when
it wasn't an age-dropping emergency.

Then a squeal of toddler laughter
popped the moment like a bubble.

"I better go," Shiv said. "It's like
turning your back on the ocean."
With that, he scampered away.

Graham sorted through the bandaids
and selected one of the long kind
with a grimacing eggplant on it.

He tucked it into his memory book.

There was so little in here from Hugo --
a receipt from when he had bought lunch
for Graham, a doodle on scratch paper,
the first photo they'd been allowed to keep --
that every possible entry was precious.

Graham would use the rest of the box,
because the bandaids were funny,
but he wanted this one to keep.

Even eggplants weren't always awful.

* * *

Notes:

eggplant
IPA: ˈɛgplænt, ˈɛgplɑːnt; Type: noun;
• Esperanto—English
melongeno
{ noun }
edible fruit
They say that an eggplant has lots of nicotine.
Ili diras, ke melongeno enhavas multe da nikotino.

I have seen assorted vegetables printed on bandaids, but all I could find at the moment was this set of pickle bandaids.
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