Taking a Break
by Margaret Fieland

She hangs out by the side entrance,
cell phone glued to her ear.

White crocheted sweater clings
to too thin ribs,

flared, faded cotton pants
descend to strappy high heeled sandals,

lank hair held back by barrettes
brushes sharp shoulder blades.

Perhaps 24, single mother, dead end job,
skin already yellowed and dry.

She’d even phone her mother
for that nicotine high.

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, “Lifelines,” was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011. You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.