Blue, blue sky, hazy horizon
sturdy pylons straddle rusty fences
brown dry scrub at the side of the freeway
vast flat fields soak precious Sacramento water
tough, man-trucks haul melons and peaches
south to the city
to the halls of the chill supermarket
piled high by a new immigrant
with eyes dark as earth.
She polishes the smooth ones,
discards the imperfect
sells them cheap.
Kate Dempsey’s poetry and fiction is widely published in Ireland and the UK including Poetry Ireland Review, The Moth, Orbis and Magma. She won the 2011 Plough Poetry prize for a short poem and her first book of poetry, Some Poems, was published by Moth Editions, also in 2011.