new potatoes are rough and shaggy,
Bearded with dirt, mountain men,
Or 49ers, surely. But when I wash them
They scrub up rosy, like round-cheeked
Debutantes, a hint of white flesh
Peeking out from their flimsy jackets.
— Lola Lucas
Lola Lucas is a research economist with the Illinois Department of Employment. Her first book, At Home in the Park, a collection of columns that originally appeared in the Enos Park Banner, will be published this year.
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