It’s always fun to play with the “stranded on a desert island” trope: what item, other than food and water, would you take/most like to have with you?
Before the age of laptops and smart phones, people cited favorite books, or maybe a diary or radio. It’s quite a challenge to figure out exactly what physical possession you just couldn’t live without.
But what if the opposite were true: that you could be on that island with anything your heart desires (no limit with regard to quantity or practicality)? Say the word, and it’s yours.
British poet and artist Vivien Steels has come up with quite a provocative scenario.
HEDONIST'S LIST OF DESERT ISLAND ESENTIALS by Vivien Steels Blue iceberg from Arctic shores melting into cool, mountain streams. Chocolate Emporium effusing cocoa -- door always open, shelves always filled. Cooking pot permanently flame-hot to bubble water within its depths for Chinese Jasmine-scented tea, fragrance rising in coils of steam. Tent, the size of small bungalow, with bathroom 'en suite' included. Bombay Curry House, waiters and cooks ever-ready to conjure spiced masterpieces served on white plates. Library, walls resplendent with books, superb poetry section -- no overdue charges. Softest duvet fattened with duck down, hammock fittings to lasso two palm trees under indigo sky christened with stars. ~ This poem first appeared in 21st Century Poetry (October 2001).