Beach, Jacob Roosa
tightly spun egyptian cotton,
imported of course,
wraps up your wet body
like it did for pharaohs.
you picture kings who lounged
about in silken kimonos
watching the bronzed laymen
selling their city’s idiosyncratic spices
in a marketplace, so bazaar.
you hear only the slipperiness
of their foreign, exotic languages.
so oriental, like grass flutes
whispering into your ear. But wait!
don’t forget to buy a lovely souvenir.
south of cobbled temple street,
steps away from the night market
old popo sells her kiwi lychee
passion dragon jack fruit juices
from a makeshift bamboo stand.
she gestures me over to buy a cup.
old popo’s sharpie-inscribed chinese scrawled
onto cardboard is a makeshift menu
That proudly advertises her wares.
i can’t read chinese, surprise me.
and she winks. 1990’s commercial juicer
still works because of popo’s white haired wisdom.
her ingenuity: a toothpick keeps the juicer
spinning pears into pear juice. drink…
or take a picture. it will last longer.
About the Artist
Jacob Roosa · Oberlin College
Jacob Roosa is a 4th year Art History major at Oberlin College, focusing on Medieval art and architecture. His work is mostly in collage, book arts, woodworking, and architectural design. “Beach” first appeared in Plum Creek Review.