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Changing Times
Lois Parker Edstrom


Some days speak a language of contentment,
words of abundance, a song that pulses
in rhythm with my heart.

This summer morning I need nothing more
than to walk to the market in sunlight, linger
near the peaches, nectarines, corn, baby lettuces,
arugula, and tomatoes mounded in outdoor bins.

The earnest young man arranging the fruit smiles,
as if the day is a gift wrapped in pleasure
and he the grateful recipient. I choose purple plums,
add a baguette, a sausage, a wedge of brie,
and chocolate for the picnic basket.

In the checkout line the woman behind me watches
as I write a check and I smile when I hear her say,
How quaint.

From Glint (MoonPath Press, 2019).
Used with permission.


Lois Parker Edstrom is a retired nurse. Author of five collections of poetry--including her latest, Road Signs and Hobo Marks--her award-winning work has been featured in numerous journals, appeared on The Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry, been adapted to dance, and transcribed into Braille. Lois lives with her husband on Whidbey island, off the coast of Washington. Learn more about her at






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Full of abundance. I love your poetry.
Posted 08/15/2020 11:01 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful poem. I�m still writing checks too.
Posted 08/15/2020 04:35 PM
I lingered along with your poem. Let the times change, quaintness rules. Check! Randy
Posted 08/15/2020 11:33 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
I love the key to the poem's line, "I need nothing more." Yes.
Posted 08/15/2020 10:54 AM
She triggers all five senses in just 15 lines at a farmer's market. Beautiful!
Posted 08/15/2020 10:00 AM
I love the sound of arugula and the alliteration of purple plums.
Posted 08/15/2020 09:35 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I've been a fan of Lois Parker Edstrom every since I read "Observations of an OB-GYN Nurse" on Writer's Almanac. She knows how to craft a poem about her observations of life.
Posted 08/15/2020 09:27 AM
michael escoubas:
Happy Birthday, Lois! Thank you for taking we fortunate readers with you to the open air produce market.
Posted 08/15/2020 08:47 AM
Larry Schug:
I think this poem is quaint in the best sense of the word. The words place me right beside the narrator.
Posted 08/15/2020 07:32 AM

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