Women who love cauliflower.
On the edge of the crowd hidden behind corn stalks
Emerges the girl.
She turns her face to the sun and her back to her mother.
In the gazebo plugging in his machine is the man whose job
Is to steal the silence.
Ignoring all the women who’ve ignored him for years
He dedicates a song
To the young girl pinching apples from the farmer’s son.
And the woman who brought her wonders as women
When she began to whither on the vine, and when her daughter
Passed over the threshold
Of obscurity and into the sights of men who pluck peaches.
Lisa Hossler lives on the shore of Lake Erie in the shadow of a nuclear reactor. An addicted reader, she works for a library where she can get her fix of books. She is currently working on a series of very short stories about fast food workers. One piece, "Cause I'm Young and Pretty" was previously published in The Voices Project.