Frannie McMillan‘s work has been published in The Coachella Review, K’in Literary Journal, Indianapolis Review, and others. She works as a high school librarian near Richmond, Virginia. Drop her a line @franniemaq.
At breakfast, you fork
strawberries into your handsome mouth
—the ones I planted in our backyard,
reminding me of childhood
and picking strawberries in a field
where I pick one, eat two, pick one,
eat two until my belly swells
from so much sweetness, sun-warmed flesh,
juice, and pricks of seeds savored
until I finally fill.
Today, under a fluorescent buzz,
between doctor and nurse,
my body will be
a different sort of vessel—
one to carry us both.