Jan/Feb 2006 Poetry

At Harry's Market

by Elena Arosemena

At Harry's Market

The darkest colors call. The eggplants polished, slippery, erect.
Eyes travel: a mound of vegetables disguised as purple foothills.

The shoppers touch, squeeze, and thump: the rounded horns
Of baby rhinos, the dark breasts of ancient queens.

Hands and fingers reach, they sometimes dig. They poke and poke.
Some expect wetness, others not sure. A few stand at a distance,

Listening, observing. As sound dresses the sky, the shoppers move on.
Down the aisle past the garlic and shallots, the asparagus ready for war.


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