the uncooperative asparagus

the uncooperative asparagus

Despite the purple band gripped around its bottom stalks. Despite the basket – wicker
nesting the bundles. Despite the tidy partition at the front of the cart. Despite
the metronome of the conveyor belt and the beeps of the register noting its passage
down the line. Despite every guardrail designed to keep it from escaping, the asparagus
at last eluded the thick hands of the bagger, who finally gathered it, roughly,
along with a sheaf of eggs, into a canvas bag that read “I Am An Artist,” and where
it listed against a steaming globe of roast chicken and a stack of sponges, its tips jutting out.
Aren’t we, too, bumping along the aisles, passing through the turnstiles of our lives
slippery with freedom, despite the very shapes we’ve made
to contain it?

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maya stein
Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide and creative adventuress. She has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 20 years and has self-published five books along with a handful of writing prompt booklets. Her latest books are “Grief Becomes You,” a collection of writings and photographs on the subject of loss from more than 60 contributors, and “The Poser: 38 Portraits Reimagined,” a full-color coffee table book of contemporary portrait re-enactments.
Maya facilitates workshops and retreats, live and online, and also works one-on-one with people interested in deepening their creative practice and bringing new work to fruition.
After a 7-year stint in suburban New Jersey, she is now happily ensconced in the wilds of mid-coast Maine in a house named Toad Hall.
You can connect with Maya on her website.

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