In Jatujak Market

by Sue Chenette

we ate thumb-sized eggs
spooned hot
from a pocketed griddle,
doused in fish sauce,
speared with wooden skewers.
Quail eggs, we thought,
though we couldn’t be sure.
What Alice might eat in Bangkok
instead of mushrooms,
morsels savoured
in jostled aisles as mazed
as rabbit holes, leading us
away from every-day.


Sue Chenette is a poet and classical pianist who grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. Her second full-length collection, The Bones of His Being, will be released by Guernica Editions in early 2012.