Thursday, January 5, 2012

Purple Carrots

Purple carotene sticks with cosmic skin as thin as the hands that harvested them bunched and waiting in winter-wet wicker baskets, then off in canvas bags, under kitchen faucets, and washed roughly. Naked and orange, dirt and purple down the drain. But the farmer can not slip her secret so easily—the dirt is pressed deep into the ridges of soil stained fingers, the purple spread in patches across her long, bruised body.

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