“like slivered almonds in the bulk section,” by Julia in The Loop, Chicago

Monday September 10, 2018
10:38pm
5 minutes
Parsley
Listen Chen

Jessie keeps her handkerchief in the secret pocket of her purse. Nobody knows it’s there but her. A tiny reminder of her tiny grandmother who left a big hole in her life when she passed away. She has never been the type to use a handkerchief but knowing that it’s there makes her feel better. It is yellow and white and sweet and floral. It makes her feel lavish. Abundant. Like all those slivered and blanched almonds in the bulk section. Nothing else goes inside the secret purse pocket. It has to stay clean and folded there where all the memories live.

“made with real almonds” by Sasha on the 25 towards Main St.


Thursday January 15, 2015
6:29pm
5 minutes
from the Earth’s Own Almond Milk carton

Hmmm. Hmmmmm. Hmm. Hm.

This bus this bus is chock-a-block full of elbows and parted hair.

Hmmm. Hmmmmm. Hmm. Hm.

This bus is all almond skin and raspberry kissy lips.

Hmmm. Hmmmmm. Hmm. Hm.

Going to a little spot to tell a story and sing a song.

Hmmm. Hmmmmm. Hmm. Hm.

Neither are mine. I’m borrowing!

Hmmm. Hmmmmm. Hmm. Hm.

The stories I share. They are half mine.

Hmmm. Hmmmmm. Hmm. Hm.

The song belongs to my sister.