November 14th, 2002

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THE CINNAMON PEELER by Michael Ondaatje

If I were a cinnamon peeler
I would ride your bed
and leave the yellow bark dust
on your pillow.

Your breasts and shoulders would reek
you could never walk through markets
without the profession of my fingers
floating over you. The blind would
stumble certain of whom they approached
though you might bathe
under rain gutters, monsoon.

Here on the upper thigh
at this smooth pasture
neighbor to your hair
or the crease
that cuts your back. This ankle.
You will be known among strangers
as the cinnamon peeler's wife.

I could hardly glance at you
before marriage
never touch you
-- your keen nosed mother, your rough brothers.
I buried my hands
in saffron, disguised them
over smoking tar,
helped the honey gatherers...

When we swam once
I touched you in water
and our bodies remained free,
you could hold me and be blind of smell.
You climbed the bank and said

this is how you touch other women
the grasscutter's wife, the lime burner's daughter.
And you searched your arms
for the missing perfume.

and knew

what good is it
to be the lime burner's daughter
left with no trace
as if not spoken to in an act of love
as if wounded without the pleasure of scar.

You touched
your belly to my hands
in the dry air and said
I am the cinnamon
peeler's wife. Smell me.

Crazy Quote of the Day

The Tau Cetians are helping Russia rather than helping the New World Order and that is why the Reptilians want to get rid of them. As stated in my book, As Ye Sow, ... the Tau Cetians are the archenemies of the Greys. The Greys and the Reptilians work together and are the core members of the Orion Confederation. The Tau Cetians followed the Greys to this planet and signed an agreement with the Russians in the 1950's for bases and freedom to travel in Russian airspace. They were planning to help the Russians retain global dominance and eventually destroy the Greys. This is why the Tau Cetians have a vested interest in helping the Russians today.