Nutmeg, the spice associated with holiday cheer, has a less than cheerful history. Fort Nassau was the first Dutch fort built on Banda island, the main island of the Banda Islands, part of Maluku (Moluccas or Spice islands) in Indonesia, completed in 1609. Its purpose was to control the trade in nutmeg, which at that time was only grown in the Banda Islands.
the clear sound
of a thudding nutmeg
Ken Sawitri (Indonesia)
Published for the 1st time in Wild Plum, a haiku journal 3.1 Spring & Summer Issue, March 1st, 2017
Selected by Gabriel Sawicki