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;
 
tomorrow
 
the children will return –
to school their yellowed pencils,
small hands carving
twenty-six letters
erasing
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