Vegetables This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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Nothing fancy.
Just peas, sweet corn and carrots.
Mother bought them from the
freezer aisle
while I lingered hopefully
by the ice cream bars.
At home, I helped her unload
the groceries, striving to impress
her by carrying the bulkiest bags.
Take it easy, she said. That’s heavy.

When I had a morning headache
she laid me down on her queen-sized bed
placed a bag of frozen peas on my forehead
and let me sleep five more minutes.
Then she said, It’s time to go to school.

Not long ago
she helped me plant a vegetable garden.
Nothing fancy,
just peas, sweet corn and carrots.
Give it time, she says,
kissing my troubled forehead
as I crouch by the garden,
searching for sprouts.
It will grow.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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