by Jessica Pollard

my life got ruined in the produce aisle
all the wounds scabbed over
with ritz cracker
trash miracle
except with more sunglasses at checkout
        my bra came off with a plastic fork
        in the cereal section yesterday
        got a passport stamp at the deli
        just real quick
what a modern goddess
what a tall shiny bottle of Listerine also
a tropical fruit salad and a
condom pulled over
Somebody Else’s best friend’s head
In the Hygiene section 
like a space helmet like
going and going gone


Jessica is a poet and journalist from Portland, Oregon. She is pursuing a degree in Geography from Portland State University’s Urban Honors College and aspires to work in environmental reporting. Her writing has appeared in the Willamette WeekThe Immigrant StorySubmission Reading Series, and more.

Read more from Jessica at The Selkie:
On Midway Island, Like a Broken Cartoon