Oak lane - Simryn Gill

The sea-hibiscus flowers start off pale yellow with deep red centres, and mature into rich striated sepia, at which point they fall, still beautiful. A few weeks before, a photo of fallen blooms had appeared on my phone, sent by a friend who lives around there. I recognised them at once.  What are these flowers doing on your side of town?   I wanted to know.  They belong over here, near the champak trees. And there are others, too: I think of the guava trees that unashamedly drop their steamy musky crop around them when in season; and someone has planted, with wavering success, a moringa (I know it as drumstick tree); and I have even seen a Java apple — Malacca jambu to some — attempting to fruit.   I know these flowers, I tell my friend.    They’re where I’m from.

Text and images by Simryn Gill
Typesetting by Ruud Ruttens

Stolon Press, 2021
English
20 pp
210 × 270 mm, 
Edition of 50

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