An Ode to Olena – Turmeric Poem

There is hysteria in America over Tumeric.

Also known as turmeric; have you heard of it?

It is a rhizome, or horizontal root forming lateral shoots.

Native to the most ancient of India, the Vedic sages there named her Haridra.

Now it is known to grow all over Africa,

as well as locales around Latin America.

On the Hawaiian Islands, her name is Olena. Bright yellow-Orange,

she dyes the robes of saints, tints her sisters saris and makes a fine paint.

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