Monday, August 21, 2006

Eating Wriggling Delicacies

Blessed is the worm that slide through my shivering fingers and into the salty black ocean,


Lament the unlucky worm caught in Uncle Satuu’s home-made mosquito net racket that is immediately devoured.


Chomp on blue, green, red worms while they squirm for their short-lived existence.
Samoan delicacy at its best - Live, wriggling reproductive organs that float to the glassy surface only once on a balmy full moon in November.


The one night when we don’t mind being awake at 2am to sew sweet smelling necklaces and to patch mosquito nets to be used for catching the ellusive worms.


Throw in a dozen bottles of Vailima and the night stretches out into the dark shadows of sleeping Itu-o-Tane shorelines.


Only to be disrupted by coconut lit fires and disgruntled pigs as humans take their place under leafy fuafua trees.


We wait and wait and wait and wait.


In the shadows.


While able bodied men paddle their flimsy canoes in search for where the palolo will choose to rise.


“It’s going be a good year, I can feel it” says the toothless man from Fagamalo.


“I doubt it, there were no thunders and worst of all, no lightning in October, it’s a waste of time” mumbled the old lady from Avao. In the darkness, I see the shine of her two gold teeth and the pink of her round plastic hoop earrings.


I think to myself, If I was a palolo, I would swim away as fast as I could from her.
The early morning air is a pungent fusion of Impulse perfumes mixed with fragipanis, mosoois and pig shit.


Depending where you’re stepping in the dark, the latter can be unpleasant.


Women gather their children, chiefs chat near the fires, young lovers hold hands in the pleasant darkness, young girls gaze at half undressed boys and dogs bark into the darkness because they can. Until someone throws a rock unto their emaciated ribs and quietens them momentarily.



As we wait, we worry.


The sun rises not too far away, yet the palolo refuses to surface.


And just when the fires started to die out, the voices of the men fill the air, and a sea of bodies rush to the sea, with buckets and nets and Goodyear tyre floaters and little children in tow.


Nevermind the dangerous undercurrent


Nevermind the rising tide


Nevermind the sharp corals


Nevermind the reef’s treacherous edge looming close


Nevermind the hungry sharks.


Nevermind the bodies swept out to the unforgiving deep, still holding onto their buckets of worms, never to be recovered.


“Make laia, it just wasn’t their year” says the toothless old woman, while she chows wriggling palolo between her two gold teeth.

14 comments:

Pinky in Boots said...

Walaaaaa!! Just 2 weeks ago, I had palolo @ Vacations, Manase. Ai ua leva ga deep-freeze e si koeaiga o Leota Lu. But yum, all the same :o)

Love it your palolo memories...

Shark Girl said...

This is some awesome shit. I love it! You really should make a profession out of writing...you've got the magic like nobody's business!

Love from us here...

Goddess of Savaii said...

haah, yeah sida, thats funny, we use to catch the stuff not far from leota lu's when we were liddle and when he was actually a nice humble cheery man...then he got big and snobbed us, but now thats he's back down to our commoner level he's cheery and smiling agen..hehe...and still having palolo all year round...luv it!!!

e nikia, ua ovar lou kuluk kuluk eh,...i talked to your momma last nite, i told her i'll pick her up next time she's here and she's like 'its too far!!!" ummm its only 2 hours...

Peachy.. said...

You should document your writings. I have a title for you, " Memoirs of a Savaii Goddess"
too cliche... But seriously, you have a talent.

Shark Girl said...

Airena...I was tell it yew the truf. Did momma call you? She comes back tomorrow. I didn't work one day last week and just my luck, she called all the bloody way from NZ on that day and found out I wasn't at work. Shucks.

fotu of samoa said...

Magaia le post Jods! Enjoyed reading it. Makes me wanna pack up and go home!... Well, almost. hehehe.

Keep it comin'

:)

Goddess of Savaii said...

faafetai lava peachy faamimika kaika e le'i kaikai le kaeao heheh
ia o fiafiaga lava e faapasi ai le kaimi.
thanx fotu, looks like youre having a good time in Havaiki...dop!

nydz yeah, e ke fiu lava e ke alo e maua lava oe e mamasan.

Manuia le aso you all.
Me

salty said...

ok, truthfully now, do those worms taste good enough to chew on slowly and savor the flavor? or is it one of those things that you've just gotten used to?

if you say it's that good, I'm going to come back there next november and try some myself!

Goddess of Savaii said...

salty, it tastes salty and rich...if you like that, you'll like palolo...usually does on its own, eating with taro or toast or in an omelette,.
I personally don't like the taste but eat it anyway coz it doesn't come round often.
its worth trying...

salty said...

well, i love li-hing-mui, so maybe i will like palolo. i'll mix it in with my palusami!

tel said...

hey suga, how you been and what have you been up to????
I'll be there end of next month so if you want to catch up, I'll keep you posted on where I'll be, around 30th October for about 5 days. You'll finally get to meet bebe too
Ia, hope you're in good health and not too stressed with work. Take care and alofas to Gui xxxooo

salty said...

yo! when you gonna post again! miss your missives

Goddess of Savaii said...

to explain the peace and non-update from me, i'm job training this week, ie no access to internet, long hours, no life...but i will be posting come the weekend...so prepare for a shitload of blahblahrings...

alofas

I like me just fine :)) said...

YAY... so I can finally stop stalking your page?... and wait till Saturday to do it :-) hehe xx