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Coconut Vendor

He is a simple dark man, wearing colourful clothes,
Tall and robust with a perfect straight nose,
Such caring eyes and a generous smile, 
His walks along the beach for miles and miles,
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts.

What a skillful man, his hands create art,
With a sharp cutlass, he splits the husk apart,
An gleeful little boy impatiently licks his lips,
Drops his cricket bat to take a sip,
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts.

The sound of the bell, is a rhythm so sweet,
Tied to the cart, controls the movement of feet,
He is ready to battle with a coconut in hand,
To satisfy his customers' every demand,
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts.

A distant ping pong is heard, his heart jumps with delight,
He strides to the Queen's Park Oval, what a majestic sight,
A vision of splendour counteracts the sun's heat,
Carnival revellers dancing to steelpan in the streets, 
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts.

He is an oiled machine, flawless and fluid,
Playfully chops the nut, his talent undisputed,
Mouth-watering coconuts are devoured within seconds,
The mighty magician serves all who beckons,
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts

The travel is nearly over, on this successful day,
His cart is empty, his pocket full of pay,
Wiping his forehead with his sweaty palms,
He thinks about tomorrow with reverence and calm,
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts.

Along the beach, his journey ends,
Back to the coconut plantation, which he tends,
The sunset is glorious, his heart is at peace,
Our thirst is quelled, he has satisfied the beast, 
Singing the coconut song,
Coconuts, coconuts, get your fresh coconuts.

Copyright © Simone Johnson | Year Posted 2008


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  1. Date: 1/22/2016 10:45:00 PM

    SIMONE, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Always with LUV **SKAT**

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