Captain Shaddock brought seeds from Borneo or Luzon
to plant orchards on the hills beyond Montego Bay
of forbidden fruit, or so they say, who search for source and sin.
He sailed with the East India company for world commodities,
silk, saltpeter, spice, and tea, to break the Dutch monopoly.
When they turned from trade to territory in the 18th century,
and bore human cargo for sugar, Tacky in the jungle
with the maroons led their fierceness to Coromantee.
It's all there in the globes of smaller shaddock,
citrine, canary, like a tangelo, or a pomelo,
with blushing fragrant rind, rounding out my palm,
heavy with locules within liths bursting forth a rebellion
of peppery tang, of sweet juice and a piquance rogue and irrepressible.
(tree image courtesy of Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California Riverside)