By Molly Swan-Sheeran
Two girls in a grocery store took turns weighing their heads on a scale. Giggling, their actions had the mirror of the morgue, and though I laughed as I walked by, shopping for milk, shopping for bread, I wept within to see their lives before them expand, contract, end and be quantified. One girl says "Ten pounds" and, yes, ten pounds upon her nightly pillow rests. One girl says "Nine" uncertain if that is better or worse. I'm shopping for breath, I'm shopping for viscera. Later I pass them on my way to the heads of lettuce which are too dear, and I turn aside.
Copyright © 2002 by Molly Swan-Sheeran