Poetry by Jim Nasium

To Help Pass The Time


I offer you three short poems all about some of the things I did to help pass the time away while I was living on the island that still floats in my heart, Jamaica, many many years ago...

To Help Pass The Time
Three Short Poems by Jim Nasium

One
* She Said She Needed Me *

She had dark skin with the bluest eyes
that I have ever seen
I fell for her instantly
I'm sure you know what I mean
I was young and full of fire
she was hot and wanted me so
we lived together on the island
tried to help each other grow

Time passed and she had my child
a big healthy baby boy
she loved me more than ever
said I gave her life much joy
she offered me her house and land
all I had to do was stay
I really liked living there with her
she helped to pass the time away

Two
* the sea wall *

The sun set slowly in the west
as I sat on the sea wall
watching fishing boats head out to sea
to answer Neptune's call
"the very best time for fishing" they said
"was when the sun was not in the sky"
it all seemed rather strange to me
and I still don't understand why

At dawn the boats would return
nets completely loaded with fish
I'd wait on the sea wall watching
to see if I got my wish
each night I'd place an order
for a fresh catch every day
this was just one of the things I'd do
to help pass the time away

Three
* the market *

Wood tables loaded with fresh fruit
vegetables bread and cheese
anything you could want was there
if you remember to say thank you and please
when you're nice to folks in the market
you will always get a better deal
sometimes they give ya stuff for free
and you know how good that can feel

People always laughing and talking
they all got food in their hand
they speak in an island accent
that's hard to understand
slowly but surly I'm learning
I'll go back a few times each day
it's just one of the things I'd do
to help pass the time away

©2002 Jim Nasium

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