Gwen Monohan Debuts

Pepper Stock
You should know the answer.
We’ve been here long enough.
Seen growing seasons come and go
in family blended limbo.

Like callers to a birthday party,
bringing pretty presents
wrapped in fancy bags or bows.
Wearing those special dressy clothes.
Still unsure of themselves,
but so pleased to be invited.

I stared at the slender pair
of green peppers in my hands.
One is hot, Hungarian wax,
the other, sweet banana.
Secure now with the difference.
Weighing the taste of each.
Which to dice fine for salsa
or leave for salad fare.
Perhaps a roasted pepper soup,
cooled down for late summer.

Yet, it’s not long before our bushes droop,
all remaining garden peppers picked
after October’s frost.
Waiting for one more fall masquerade,
with scary costumes stocking our doorway.
But we know the score.
We’ve been here long enough.

For years Gwen has resided in the Virginia piedmont region with my family.



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Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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