VEGETABLE LADY

Brad Garber

She rolled down the long driveway

every Saturday morning

her pickup truck

brimming with produce

from her garden.

Rumors included a drunk husband

and beatings.

We bought more tomatoes

than we could use.

Brad Garber has degrees in biology, chemistry, and law. He writes, paints, draws, photographs, hunts for mushrooms and snakes, and runs around naked in the Great Northwest. Since 1991, he has published poetry, essays and weird stuff in such publications as Edge Literary Journal, Pure Slush, Front Range Review, Tulip Tree Publishing, Sugar Mule, Third Wednesday, Barrow Street, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Barzakh Magazine, Ginosko Journal, Junto Magazine, Slab, Panoplyzine, Split Rock Review, Smoky Blue Literary Magazine, The Offbeat, and other quality publications. 2011, 2013, and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee.