August on her hands

Photo © Renée M. Sgroi, 2009

August on her hands
red and running with juice,
her body squat, around
a quickly filling bucket
cradling another tomato
sharp slice and sniff
(ripe or rotten test)
bruised skins shimmering
a late summer sun;
the children will return –
to school their yellowed pencils,
small hands carving
twenty-six letters
scent of basil, tomato leaves
greenness etched on hands

© Renée M. Sgroi, 2015

“August on her hands” originally appeared in The Prairie Journal, iss.65

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