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Arabian Market
by Florence B Fry

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

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Walk into the market place.
Look into each smiling face.
Listen to the noisy chatter.
Beware of the persistent patter.
Remember all the ancient fables.
Then think of all the many labels
That we place upon these people
From our high and lofty steeple.
See them working, see them playing.
Many times youíll see them praying.
See the woman cutting skins.
When they bargain, guess who wins?
See them cut the meat in pieces.
Careful, Ďcause itís you he fleeces.
Watch him when the scales go down.
Best to wear a constant frown.
If you think the fish is smelling,
Itís not fresh though heís not telling.
Hear the gently buzzing flies.
Donít you listen to his lies.
See the fruit so neatly placed.
With a problem you are faced.
Which to buy, how much to pay.
Certain sure youíll not make hay.
Even though the sun is shining,
Itís his pocket youíll be lining.
See the carrots, cauliflowers.
Onions piled in little towers.
Peppers hot and lettuce green.
Marrows fat and long string bean.
See the goats who clear the ground
Of anything that can be found.
See the ragged little boys
Adding to the general noise.
Creeping up and softly pleading.
Looking like they need some feeding.
Look again and see life teeming.
You could even think youíre dreaming.
Lost within an ancient world
Long before the bomb was hurled.



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Reviewed by ConradFV (Reader) 11/11/2002
this is great, florence. enjoyed the read. and loved the staccato rhythm, very close to the cadence of Arabic talk. thanks for the share.
Reviewed by Deirdre Barringer (Reader) 9/19/2002
i felt like I was really there, this was great!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 8/19/2002
Awesome piece Betty!!!!!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/2/2002
always enjoy your work...... ;0)
Reviewed by Charles Mann (Reader) 6/17/2002
A wonderful write Florence,,I have missed your words,it is good to be back and be reading again,Peace$ Blessings,,Charlie
Reviewed by Elizabeth 6/5/2002
Well done. ~E
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/28/2002
You took me to the market! Great write.
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 5/26/2002
Excellent writing...excellent flow of words!
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 5/23/2002
great picture
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen 5/23/2002
momemtum momemtum momemtum i am breathless, josie
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 5/23/2002
Made me see it all--wonderful write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/22/2002
Great write Florence...good to see you again;-) you've been missed...
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