And a strange asks

Where do you all buy groceries ? Where do you shop , you people of the mountains?

It’s true, we cannot buy underwear or socks in our town. 

Our town makes mineral water soaps, homemade beef jerky, no promises at a future.

I don’t think I look mountain exactly, but the Trader Joe’s in Chico is keenly aware

of those mountain folk with 300 bucks worth of groceries in their carts.

They nod and sigh when they see us, knowing we will take up their time.

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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1 Response to And a strange asks

  1. Ron. says:

    I, too, live in mountains (also northern mountains but way, waaaaay further east) and although it took a while for the locals to accept my presence, noww (two & a half decades later) they speak to me kindly, and I have become wary of newcomers. I just read your Grandfather poem at the egg & am very favorably impressed. I guess I’ll have to check out your prose, too. Salute, poet!

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