The Banana Seller

And a more methodical man could not be found. Every night, he arrives like clockwork to take stock of his fruit… many customers has he satisfied today? He stops his cart right below the street lamp near my house. He tempts passersby with the few remaining wares...they gleam golden in the sodium lamps. After a wait of about half an hour, he begins the long process of safety wrapping up the left over fruit in netting. 
First, he un-wraps a substantial length of rope and lays it out in a zig-zag pattern. This enables him to pull it at will without causing tangles. Then, out comes the netting.  It is made of porous material which helps the fruit breathe even though it is wrapped under several layers.This, he spreads evenly over his cart, gently folding the corners, as if tucking in a child in bed. He stands back to admire his effort and once satisfied, lays on the rope with the expertise of a fisherman casting a net. A sharp tug ensures that one end is secure. Then he throws the other end over and over…till it is all fixed.
Sometimes in the middle of the pack up session, longing souls linger by the cart— terribly hunger students going home from the thousand and ten classes they attend..the bananas will sustain them till dinner, couples out for a walk struck with the last minute idea of having bananas for breakfast, old folks who can have heaps of the yellow fruit without having to bother about teeth, …..the fruit lures them all. Bananas are the most wholesome fruit, I think— filling, sweet, no seeds..just peel-eat-throw.
Ungrudging, as always, the man fulfills everyone’s desires. He returns to his task once more. Finally, he is done and ready to go home.
One more day on this earth is snugly wrapped up thus.


Musashi said…

I had left or maybe I should say tried to post comments for this blog. But I guess that due to some reason they might not have actually received. So here you we go again..

I liked this post very much, especially the way you handle such unique subjects. Though I feel that in this particular post the image of the banana seller would have been more complete had it been more fleshed out. I could imagine scene that you wrote about, but somehow the banana seller doesn't come into focus that well.

But since this is my imagination, I could very well be wrong. I must say that you have write very well and I have enjoyed most of your posts. Keep them coming and I will keep enjoying.
~ xistinchaos ~ said…
Thanks for the encouraging feedback M! I'll keep that in mind for future posts. I like writing on such individuals who blend into the hum drum of daily life, yet stand out.

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