SHE HAD BEEN KNEELING

She had been kneeling

in the dirt for 10

minutes,

pulling

weeds

and observing

possible new growth

of spinach, kale and chard

when she realized she was still

wearing her good

blue

jeans.

She rose to a crouch

and examined the dark

circles of earth

on her.

She

decided

it was too

late

to change.