Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tomato Thieves

She dug in the dirt daily
her knees perpetually swollen and red
I came on Saturdays to dig till sundown
Silent or singing until
hands washed and wine uncorked
Until knives out chopping onions, peppers,
garlic, cilantro and almost too few tomatoes
for our salsa to sit and share
I begged - there must be some way
to keep the rabbits
from stealing your tomatoes,
no?
She simply said -
If I want tomatoes,
I can go to the market