in the market

September 23, 2012

Attractive colours like the Italian flag on this display of onions at the weekly market in Place Émile-Zola in Béziers. Spheres, squares and fluted lines of green. In the last couple of weeks, the odd stall features ceps for sale – not quite sure the variety and not much information comes from the stall holder but perhaps there’s an assumption all is understood and known. The soft brown caps are strokeable but that wouldn’t go down too well . . .

 . . . strokeable as well, but appear scared of being on view. Not to buy as a pet presumably and unfortunately . . . . . . .

 . .  the poultry likewise. 

In the next street, on offer are chemises de nuits . . .

 . . and couvertures lits. How to choose? Look quite scary to me.

The stall on the corner by the bins is tastefully laid out with carefully selected produce. Not too much of anything but just enough to attract and with lovely bunches of mixed flowers. I want everything on this stall – that’s good marketing I guess.

Gooses, geeses
I want my geese to lay gold eggs for easter
At least a hundred a day
And by the way

I want a feast
I want a bean feast
Cream buns and doughnuts
And fruitcake with no nuts
So good you could go nuts

No, now

I want a ball
I want a party
Pink macaroons
And a million balloons
And performing baboons and
Give it to me now

I want the world
I want the whole world
I want to lock it
All up in my pocket
It’s my bar of chocolate
Give it to me now

I want today
I want tomorrow
I want to wear ’em
Like braids in my hair and
I don’t want to share ’em

I want a party with roomfuls of laughter
Ten thousand tons of ice cream
And if I don’t get the things I am after
I’m going to scream

I want the works
I want the whole works
Presents and prizes
And sweets and surprises
Of all shapes and sizes

And now

Don’t care how, I want it now
Don’t care how, I want it now Roald Dahl I Want It Now

4 Responses to “in the market”

  1. Sinclair 3168 Says:

    Great poem!

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Yes, quite straight forward and to the point!

  3. elizabeth Says:

    Dahl was such a wizard with words.
    I loved the ‘tasteful’ camera ready market stall –a lot more than the ghastly bed coverings.
    I could go and look at piles of fruit for ever –what a thrilling life I lead.
    Good ones I always like are the Mellah market in Marrakesh and the smaller food market beyond S.Croce in Florence.

    • julia fogg Says:

      The Mellah, now you’re talking and I’ve never found an Italain market that wasn’t perfetto. The bed coverings and night dresses are for the Muslim community in Beziers and many Muslims – Algerians and Moroccans do the market gardening supplying market stalls.


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