Spicy Collards

by Lenard D. Moore, Alice Frampton, and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Hedgerow #105, February 2017. Originally written 29 June 2008 beneath a sugar maple by the parking lot at the Japanese Garden in Seattle, Washington.

spicy collards

on the tin plate

hazy sunset Lenard

crumbs from the cookie jar

in plain sight Alice

veggie burger

with all the trimmings . . .

dinner alone Michael

recalling grandma’s peach cobbler

at the roadside fruit stand Lenard

long day at the beach

the popsicle melting

on his chest Alice

spaghetti sauce covers

my daughter’s grin Michael