Posted in Diet, Food

My Top 20 Favorite Trader Joe’s Products

I’ve mentioned on a few occasions that I am gainfully employed with Trader Joe’s. If you’re a regular shopper there, you know what the company is about and you’ve probably already got a mental list of household staples that you pick up each time you go. But for those of you who are new shoppers, or potential new shoppers, or who’ve never even heard of Trader Joe’s, allow me to explain a little bit about the company.

To start, Trader Joe’s is a chain of grocery stores specializing in healthier foods. While there is a hefty amount of organic products, the store does not exclusively sell organic. Eighty percent of Trader Joe’s products are its own brand. That said, you may find other name-brand products such as tooth pastes, cereals, mints, coffees and teas, and Ricola throat lozenges, among others, in-store. No matter the brand, none of the products sold within Trader Joe’s have any preservatives, none contain GMO (genetically-modified organisms), and there are no artificial flavors or added trans fats. You can read more about product info and the company’s history here.

In any case, if you’re planning a trip to your local Trader Joe’s, you still may not know what to expect or have any idea what to pick up while you’re there. That, my friends, is why I’m here. Having been with the company for over a year now, I’ve tried quite a few products, and I’ve still got many left to try. I thought I’d help you newcomers out by suggesting things that are must-remember-to-add-to-the-list essentials every time I go grocery shopping; things I love and think you just might, too.

In no particular order:


1. Soft & Juicy Mango


The section you’ll find it in: Dried fruits and nuts

Soft and juicy mango slices are absolutely delicious. They’re good cut up into smaller pieces with a bowl of cereal, or eaten whole on their own. Warning: highly addictive in the best way.

An excellent alternative to this is a package of Soft & Juicy Mandarins:



You’ll find it in the same section. Just as addictive and delicious!

2. Lobster Ravioli


The section you’ll find it in: Deli (refrigerated, not frozen)

I’d never even known that such a beautiful thing existed until I came on as a TJ’s employee. This is a great product to try if you’re broadening your seafood horizons. It goes excellently over pasta with the three-cheese marinara that you’ll also find at Trader Joe’s:


This delectable sauce can be found in the grocery aisle.

3. Orange Cranberry Tea Scones


The section you’ll find it in: Bakery

I’ve always been a fan of scones, and TJ’s is the place to go whether you’re looking for scone mixes or ready-made scones. I have to say that of all the different kinds, this is my favorite. The orange and cranberry complement each other so well, and if that’s not enough to sway you, maybe the light glaze covering each one will. I have one every morning as part of my breakfast. 🙂

4. Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter


The section you’ll find it in: Grocery (nut butters)

Almost everyone who’s new to Trader Joe’s asks what ‘cookie butter’ is. The answer is: amazing. In all seriousness, TJ’s carries a kind of cookie called Speculoos, which looks like this:


This cookie is then ground up into a spread, forming cookie butter. But what do you do with it? – a common question asked by customers on the cusp of buying a jar. It’s simple: it’s just like peanut butter and can be used in many of the same ways. You can spread it on bread, toast, pancakes, waffles. You can dip fruit in it. You can eat it by the spoonful (my personal favorite way of indulging). If you’ve tasted the cookies before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, I like to describe the taste of cookie butter as sort of a combination of Belgian spice and gingerbread flavors. Cookie butter currently comes in four varieties: crunchy, creamy, cocoa swirl (similar to Nutella), and cookies & creme. It is comparable to Biscoff.

5. Pomegranate & Blueberry Cereal


The section you’ll find it in: Cereal

As soon as I saw this cereal, I knew I was going to love it. It brings two of my favorite fruits together, and thankfully, it’s not excessively sweet. The best part: it actually comes with dried blueberries, rather than simply blueberry flavored flakes and clusters. It tastes excellent under the surface of a lake of almond milk.

6. 5 Cheese Frusta


The section you’ll find it in: Frozen (pizzas)

I’m easily swayed by consumer packaging, and this won me over instantly. I’d never seen a pizza folded any way other than into a calzone, so I was intrigued. And how could you argue with ‘5 cheese?’ That’s five different cheeses melted into a single entity. Can’t go wrong there. This personal pizza is frustatingly tasty. See what I did there? (Sidebar: At least I think it’s supposed to be a personal pizza…I certainly ate it by myself in one sitting. Stop judging me.)

7. Green Tea & Lemonade


The section you’ll find it in: Beverage (juices, non-refrigerated)

This stuff is an interesting and refreshing take on the Half and Half (iced tea + lemonade) formula. Green tea is definitely an acquired taste, and not everybody likes it. In fact, I never used to, but I’ve come to really enjoy it, especially coupled with lemonade. You may be hesitant, but I urge you to try it. If you’re wary about buying a whole bottle, ask someone in the Demo station if you can sample it- they may already have a bottle on hand that you can try.

8. Lavender Hand & Body Lotion


The section you’ll find it in: Health and Beauty Aids (otherwise known as HABA)

(Note: Reed diffusers not included.)

Handling paper bags all day long (TJ’s strays from using plastic) really dries out the hands. To alleviate that, at my store, there are bottles of this beautiful piece of work on every checkout lane for the cashiers and for customers as well. A fair warning- it’s a bit strong. But it smells lovely and keeps the hands soft, smooth, and moisturized.

9. Almond Milk


The section you’ll find it in: Dairy (refrigerated)

Though it’s an extremely mild case, I have lactose intolerance. I’ve elected to begin using almond milk since it’s dairy-free, and a plus is that it tastes great. It enhances certain cereals, especially those containing almonds or almond clusters. Since I switched to almond milk, I’ve begun drinking it by the glass as well- something I never did with regular milk. Even if you’re not lactose intolerant, this is a fantastic substitute!

10. Chai Tea Latte


The section you’ll find it in: Grocery (coffees/teas)

Chai is my favorite kind of tea, and though I don’t mind ordering it from a coffeehouse, it can be a bit pricey. For not much more than Starbucks charges for a venti-sized iced chai, you can get a half gallon of the concentrate at Trader Joe’s with which you can make iced or hot chai in the comfort of your home. It’s affordable, easy, and of course yummy.

11. Spinach, Fontina & Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage


The section you’ll find it in: Meat 

This makes for a great meal in the summertime- throw some on the grill and serve sizzling on a hot dog bun with some spicy Dijon mustard, and you’re golden (not unlike your sausages). The spinach-fontina-garlic combination caught my eye initially, and I was not let down in the slightest upon stuffing my face.

12. Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins


The section you’ll find it in: Bakery

These are some of the tastiest, moistest muffins I’ve ever had the pleasure of shoving into my mouth. Personally, I’m not gluten free, but I know several people who are, and I always recommend these. Even if you’re not gluten free yourself, give these muffins a try. Products free of gluten are sometimes crumbly and dry, but these are an exquisite exception. The only downside is that there are only four to a container, and they always seem to be gone too quickly once opened. 😦

13. Garlic Naan


The section you’ll find it in: Frozen (Indian)

Naan is a must whenever I eat out at an Indian restaurant. Garlic or not, the puff of smoke that billows into the air upon ripping into some freshly prepared naan bread is so enticing. While this is frozen, you’d never know it after taking it out of the oven. I’ve been told by numerous customers that it makes for an excellent pizza dough, and though I haven’t tried that myself yet, I don’t doubt that it would turn out wonderfully. A perfect complement to any Indian meal, as well as by itself!

14. Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

The section you’ll find it in: Snacks (chips)

Who doesn’t love the classic tortilla chip? This is a brilliant spin on that concept, because sweet potato. These go just as well with any dip as plain tortilla chips- maybe even better. That said, they are just as good plain, but again, they are quite addictive! (Certainly there are worse things to be addicted to, no?)

15. Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds



The section you’ll find it in: Grocery (nut butters)

This peanut butter was discontinued, once upon a time, but was resurrected due to popular demand. I’ve never been too keen on crunchy peanut butter, but I guess even if it were creamy, it would still be slightly crunchy due to the flax and chia seeds. I had to try it, regardless, and I’m glad I did. It’s an excellent source of fiber and it tastes fantastic.

16. Chile Relleno


The section you’ll find it in: Frozen (Mexican)

Chile relleno is Spanish, meaning ‘stuffed chile’- and that’s exactly what this is: a poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and topped with salsa. It’s spicy, and it’s delicious. They’re served out at some Mexican restaurants, and they quickly became one of my favorite Mexican dishes. I was thrilled to see that TJ’s carries a frozen version of it- which doesn’t taste too different from fresh. It goes well with a side of rice and beans.

17. Cranberry Chevre Goat Cheese


The section you’ll find it in: Cheese

I really just love all kinds of goat cheese, but this one is always my go-to if there’s a toss-up. What I love the most about it is that it’s very versatile and goes well with many types of foods. Pizzas, salads, desserts, crackers… the list is endless! I’m partial to eating it sandwiched between two Triscuits or saltines.

Also, take a look at this beauty:


Unfortunately, it’s seasonal and only surfaces around the holidays. But if you can get your hands on it, you won’t be sorry. It’s incredible! I like to crush up some crackers, chop up a log of this stuff, toss it into a bowl and drizzle caramel on top. It’s perfect for parties… or for yourself.

18. Guacamame Dip


The section you’ll find it in: Deli (refrigerated)

You might be wondering what ‘guacamame’ is, huh? It’s a combination of guacamole and edamame. Edamame is the preparation of immature soybeans- a dish that’s popular in certain Asian countries. This kind of dip has 70% less fat than regular guacamole (not that that’s ever stopped me from indulging because I can’t be without my guac), 40% fewer calories, and is 100% delicious! (Corny, I’m aware. I have to work on my selling points.) It’s got just the right amount of spiciness to it, and goes very well with those sweet potato tortilla chips I mentioned earlier.

19. Shrimp Nuggets


The section you’ll find it in: Frozen (seafood)

Shrimp nuggets are all the good of breaded shrimp without the pesky tails that you can’t eat. How could you ask for more? That really is everything. These go well dipped in cocktail sauce, or tartar sauce, or an odd mixture of both! (It’s actually pretty good.)

20. Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


The section you’ll find it in: Dairy

Believe it or not, I don’t just like this item for the alliterative quality to its name. These cookies come preformed and separated already in the package- perfect for people like me who find it tedious to have to roll your own balls of dough. The best part of these cookies is that they’re soft bake, so they’re not crispy and crunchy. I prefer my cookies chewy, so this is a good thing. Even if you prefer crunchy cookies, though, I’m sure you’d still love these. It’s urged not to eat the raw cookie dough, but I did it anyway. Though maybe that’s why I grew a supernumerary digit… (I joke.)



I could have easily made this list a lot longer, but I tried my best to narrow it down to my top twenty. Even that took longer than I expected, because I had to really think about the twenty products I really love above all else. That said, I haven’t tried anything that I haven’t loved, and I promise I’m not saying that with bias.

I hope you found this list helpful and informative. If you’ve tried any of the above listed items, please share with me your thoughts on them in the comments! I’d also like to hear about what else you like at Trader Joe’s- chances are you may rave about something I haven’t tried yet and that will be all the reassurance I’ll need to check it out.

Also, if you adhere to specific dietary restrictions, don’t fret; TJ’s provides lists to help you find where certain products are located, since there’s no one section dedicated to special diets. Check them out:

Gluten Free | Kosher | Vegan | VegetarianLow Sodium | Fat Free

One more thing. If you come across this symbol on any product:


It means that product is great for a quick meal option, for those days when you simply don’t feel like slaving over a hot stove for hours. Quick meal options are ready in under 15 minutes but taste like they were prepared by a professional chef. (Pretentious proclamation, but it’s mostly true.) You can find a list of all your quick meal options here.

Happy shopping*! 🙂

*Please note that although most Trader Joe’s locations carry the same array of products, each location caters to its specific market depending on the area. That said, what you find at a Baton Rouge location may not be found in L.A. Also, wine may or may not be available at your nearest location depending on your state’s liquor laws.


Posted in Blogosphere, Inspiration, Life, Writing

Breaking the Silence

So that’s what the sun looks like. I’d forgotten. 🙂

I’m back, sooner than I’d anticipated, and I’m feeling so much better. I’ve begun taking Vitamin D after every meal in the morning, and I like to think it’s responsible for my improved moods. Music has regained its meaning in my life, as has writing, reading, and everything that gives me joy and pleasure. I can’t say for sure that I won’t relapse, but the sun is shining promisingly (I meant that as a metaphor, but it’s seriously 73° here today, and it’s nearly November), and I plan to relish in it.

This is merely a transition post to let you know that my hiatus is effectively over. In previous days, I’ve even come up with a few ideas for new entries, as well as missed blogging as a whole. Those of you who’ve supported me have been incredible- thank you, so much. I’d give you all a hug if I could.



That will have to do for now.

In other news, I’d like to welcome one of my best IRL friends to the world of WordPress: Liann! You can click on her name to head on over to her blog. She works with me at Trader Joe’s and at the urging of a customer and several of her friends, she’s started a blog all about her journey into healthier living. I encourage you to pay her a visit and follow along with her if you feel so inclined. 🙂

That’s it for now. I’ll be posting again today a little bit later with some suggestions for some excellent products to pick up if ever you find yourself a first-time shopper at Trader Joe’s. That post should be up in a few hours. Until then, au revoir. And again, thank you all for your kind words- they were cracks of sunlight in a dense, brick wall.

Posted in Depression, Life

Shadow Suit

I’ve always known I had a very mild case of depression, but in the past month it’s grown into a sort of perpetual rain cloud hanging overhead. Forgive the hackneyed analogy, but I can’t really find the will to think of something better.

I feel spineless. None of my interests are even remotely interesting to me. Even blogging has become something of a chore, which is why I haven’t done much of it this month. I need to find my way back to my source of passion, and I have no fucking idea where to begin looking, nor do I have the drive to search.

For those that don’t understand how depression works, who may know me personally or not, who think depression requires legitimacy, allow me to list the reasons you’ll say I have no right to feel depressed:

  • I have a wonderful family
  • I have a Grade-A group of friends
  • I have a roof over my head
  • I have clothes in my closet
  • I have a bed to sleep in
  • I have food on the table

All of those things are true. Overall, I’ve been fortunate to have been given a good life. But a common misconception about depression is that it stems from something in particular. Quite the contrary is true, in fact. Depression is, essentially, a separate entity, and sufferers are merely a host. It appears when it wants to, it wreaks havoc; it doesn’t stop when wished to, or prayed for, or decided against. If you suffer from depression, you know as well as I do that you could easily wake up on any given day and feel like nothing. You can barely muster the strength to get out of bed; nothing appeals to you; you don’t want to talk to or see anybody; you can’t perform optimally in areas that require it, such as school or work; you have no appetite; you have no energy; sleep is the only thing you want to do, and you want to do it forever. Above all, there is no legitimate reason for feeling this way, so when uninformed people beg questions like, What do you possibly have to be depressed about?, and follow up said questions with comments like, You have a good life, it’s really fucking irritating and actually kind of offensive. Depression is a psychological mood disorder which those who suffer from it cannot control. More over, those who are lucky enough to not be sufferers tend to be ignorant and blind to the effects of depression. Not always, but sometimes.

Ever heard of Hyperbole and a Half? It is a blog that I absolutely love and its author/illustrator, Allie Brosh, perfectly describes and depicts what having depression is like. It’s a two-part post, part one of which you can read here, and part two of which you can read here. If you’re one of the aforementioned non-sufferers, I highly recommend you read it. If you are a sufferer, still, read it. It’s worth it. I promise.

Having said all of that, I’d like this post to culminate in my announcement that I am placing a moratorium on blogging, through the rest of the month of October. I’ve tried to force myself to post more often, but I’ve tended to begin writing, and wind up drafting these half-written attempts, simply because I have no drive to continue. But these pseudo-posts that are currently wallowing in my saved drafts will be finished and published at some point, I swear it. In the interim, I’m taking time for myself and to hopefully rediscover my passion for life, because without it, everything I do will feel mediocre and fruitless, at best.

Also, disclaimer: I am not posting this purposely to garner sympathy from anybody. I’ve got enough self-pity to hold me over until I come out of this. I hope you’re all having a better time than I am. I’ll see you soon.

Posted in Pocket Poetry, Poetry, Writing

Balls of my Feet

In the past hour I’ve become
in my reaction time;
in my facial expression.

Carelessly dragging
the balls of my feet
as if bound to weights
heavier than a heart
pulsing with
red water.

It is not as though
you do not matter
to me,
but that I cannot
show it
at this moment …

For I am too busy
in self-pity;

ask me again

Posted in Pocket Poetry, poetry, writing

The Incongruity of Love – Prelude

You kiss me with lips

like tree bark

that leave me callous

and dry;

insatiable, still,

and unrelenting

Posted in Satire, Writing

What To Do When You ‘Literally Can’t Even’

Oh my god, that’s so funny. I, like, literally can’t even right now.

How about now? Can you literally even now? … What about now? Now? Also, since when is even even a verb?

I like to tell myself that the annoying, but oh so appropriate phrase literally can’t even is a shorthand version of I can’t even take it. I’m not sure where the literally part came from, but it still seems to fit quite nicely (to my dismay and concern). My best friend and I started using it ironically since, if you think about it, it doesn’t make much sense. But the more we said it, the more we began finding ourselves using it as appropriately as it was intended to be used- on those occasions when something is so funny, you’re unsure how to react other than to uncontrollably laugh. Ergo, when something is so humorous that you [literally] can’t even take it. (Or, alternately, you [literally] can’t even react.)

I’ve always advocated in favor of the complete obliteration of this phrase from the English language, as it doesn’t tend to bode well for its user’s intelligence. So what do you do when you literally can’t even? Do you try to shift gears and attempt to literally odd? How do you do that? Is it easy? Is it painful? It sounds kind of tedious. It also sounds rather mathematical, in which case I want nothing to do with it.

Pray tell, is there anybody out there that CAN literally even? What’s your secret? How’s it done? Any advice is welcome and greatly appreciated, as I’m constantly reaching an impasse when I can’t even. It’s frustrating and I feel quite unfulfilled. Let’s put a stop to this by uncovering ways in which you can avoid not being able to literally even, or things you can do when it’s inevitable. Pitch your ideas in the comments so that the world will be well-informed on this ever-growing epidemic.


Posted in Essays, Music

5 Reasons You Should Stop Whining About Taylor Swift

One. Two. Three. Four. Five.

Imagine me putting down another finger with each number, ultimately forming a fist. There are your reasons. BOOM. I’m kidding.

She’s so fake.

She’s so whiny.

How many boyfriends has she actually had?!

Seriously? Simmer down. Those are just a few of the remarks I hear constantly referring to people’s hatred of Taylor Swift. Really? You hate her? That’s awfully harsh. There are certainly more hatable things than a country-turned-pop singer. If you’re implying you hate her as a person because you’ve met her (which you’re not and you haven’t), then my question becomes: how the hell did you meet her and why didn’t you invite me?!

Let’s do a quick rundown of the reasons why it would be okay to immensely dislike Taylor Swift. It would be acceptable if:

  • She were an axe murderer
  • She were stuck up
  • She didn’t give a crap about her fans
  • She weren’t actually talented
  • She had an unpleasant personality
  • She were discriminatory in her music
  • She transitioned into a Bee Gees tribute artist

Are any of those things applicable? No? Then shut the hell up.

Now, what follows is a handful of the many reasons why I personally love Taylor, and you should, too. What’s that? No, no objecting allowed. Sit back, keep quiet, and just read. No, there will not be a Q&A at the end, and no, you may not be excused.

1. She’s a kindhearted individual who loves her fans.

Taylor Swift’s eponymous debut album was released when I was a freshman in high school, back in 2006. I wasn’t too keen on her in the beginning, but that was simply because I’ve never been particularly a fan of country music; it had nothing to do with her personally. That said, I could always tell that she seemed to be a sweetheart. Her approach was very sweet and genuine in interviews and fan meet-and-greets.

In fact, more recently, she hosted (at her own house in LA, mind you) a pre-listening party for her fans in honor of her upcoming album 1989. She took classic polaroid pictures with her fans at said party, baked them cookies, and even let them play with her cat, Olivia Benson. OLIVIA BENSON. What a perfect name for a cat. I bet you wish your cat was named Olivia Benson, instead of the hackneyed Fluffy. Lame.

And remember back in 2009 during the VMAs, when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s award acceptance speech, like a complete ass? She forgave him, and wrote a song about the whole situation–Innocent–the lyrics of which imply that she has no hard feelings. That’s pretty big of her. I don’t think I would take so kindly to something like that, to be honest. I commend you, Taylor, for being a genuinely kindhearted person.

Also, I’m quite often flabbergasted when I hear somebody call her fake. What does that even mean? What’s fake about her? Is it because genuine kindness is so hard to come by these days that when it’s stumbled upon, it’s perceived as the anomaly? Get over yourselves. At least she’s not singing along to grimy beats about how she’s boozing it up and can’t remember who she slept with the night before. Which leads in to my next point…


2. She’s relatable.

Regardless of genre, the world of music is dominated by sexism. Sex sells, sure. But a majority of ‘top hits’ that employ the ‘sex sells’ motto objectify women; denounce them, belittle them, humiliate them. The list goes on. At the 2003 VMAs, Snoop Dogg showed up with two scantily clad women in collars and on leashes. Are you kidding me? What a pig. It doesn’t matter if the women consented or not; that’s disgusting behavior.

I may have digressed a little bit, but what I’m getting at is that Taylor doesn’t do any of that. Her songs aren’t about fooling around with countless men, doing drugs, drinking straight through the night. They don’t objectify anybody. Her lyrics aren’t homophobic, racist, sexist, ageist, ableist, what have you. In fact, I’ve always been fond of the lighthearted approach Taylor Swift takes in her songwriting- she perfectly captures the butterflies one gets when dating somebody new, the anxiety of an imminent breakup, the relief of leaving a toxic relationship. She’s perfectly relatable. Who cares if a majority of her songs center around relationships, successful or not? Countless teenagers and I’m sure even early twentysomethings know exactly how those things feel. I know I do. No matter what you’ve been through, I’m willing to bet Taylor Swift has already written a song about it. And doesn’t music often make everything even just a little better? Yes. The answer is yes and it’s not up for debate.

(Side note: Taylor Swift ‘stirred up controversy’ because she was ‘twerking’ in her music video for Shake It Off. There is twerking present in the video, but the background dancers are the ones doing it. Taylor briefly shakes her ass for maybe about 2 seconds, and she’s standing upright when she does it. Sorry to disappoint you.)

3. She’s talented across the genre spectrum.

Taylor may have started off as a country artist, but the release of her most recent album Red saw a change in direction from country to more mainstream pop music. Some may call this selling out, but personally I’d call it growth. The album still included numerous tracks containing the classic Taylor country melodies, while others incorporated more upbeat pop and occasionally alternative rhythms (22 and State of Grace, respectively). I think it’s wonderful for an artist who’s found great success in one genre to want to broaden her horizons. It really does show immense growth. At least she’s not making a complete 180 and going from country to, say, grindcore/hip-hop. That kind of change would be… I’m not sure what it would be. Frightening, probably. Disappointing, definitely. Thankfully, that’s not the case.

With the recent premiere of Shake It Off, I’m eagerly awaiting the release of 1989 to see what kind of awesome surprises Taylor Swift has in store for us. October 27th can’t come soon enough.

4. She remains grounded.

Aside from Taylor Swift’s musical feats, she’s also a philanthropist. I know, I know, many celebrities are. But Taylor Swift’s philanthropic efforts have been recognized by Michelle Obama, notably for her dedication to helping others.

Arts education, disaster relief, children’s literacy, community service, and civil rights movements are all endorsed, supported by, promoted by, and/or donated to by Taylor Swift. She also works with a number of charities which provide services to sick children. How can you hate somebody with such a big heart? Are you not-so-secretly jealous that you don’t do enough for your community? Maybe you’re the real culprit here. Stop reading this and go plant some bulbs, or something.

Despite skyrocketing to fame musically and altruistically, Taylor keeps her feet on the ground. She hasn’t let fame go to her head and is the furthest thing from snobby or arrogant. Having said that, I’d consider her an excellent role model- for people of all ages. The spotlight often tends to cast a shadow of conceit, but Taylor Swift seems to elegantly avoid that. It’s been fantastic to watch her grow and develop as an artist for the past 8 years. I’m talking as if I know her personally… ah, if only.

5. Because I fucking said so.

Now stop wasting all your energy unfoundedly hating somebody you’ve never even met, and redirect your anger elsewhere. Like, maybe, at ISIS. Or the recent seemingly race-driven murders by cops in the United States.




Posted in Pocket Poetry, poetry, writing

Darkly Burnt Toast

I used to think the world of you

but now I only think the desert.


and barren;

cracked in the most vital


Your once venerable motherhood-

struck down by

your own fruition.

These years:

Spread like brie in front

of us,

as clockwork.

Ticking biologically with




You don’t cry at even hours

because the ducts

are but dust in the sockets,

and you’ve lost


over darkly burnt toast

at mid-morning.