Stacie McCall Whitaker - Stone Coast, Maine

Roadside Vegetables

Written By: Bill Glose

Homemade cart on a bald lawn
hunkering before a brick rancher.
Cardboard boxes filled with
red tomatoes, melons, yams,
their yellow skins brambled
with birthmarks. Scrawled
on a placard listing prices
are the words “Help Yourself.”
Standing alongside is
a rust-eaten coffee tin open
like a babe’s trusting mouth,
loose change and folding bills
crumpled inside. No one
is watching; no traffic on the
two-lane highway; nothing
but a kestrel wheeling in the
blue and from a distant, dusty
cloud, the rumble of a tractor.

About the Author

Bill Glose / Stonecoast Review / Issue 7 / Summer 2017 / Poetry / Roadside Vegetable & Blizzard

Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and author of three poetry collections, including Half a Man, whose poems arise from his experiences as a combat platoon leader in Iraq. Whenever possible, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia and participating in a world-record-setting skinny dip—to write about for magazines. In 2011, he was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Missouri Review, Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, and Atlanta Review.