French Connection Nail Parlor, Cairo, N.Y. (County Route 20)

At the French Connection Nail Parlor, actually

Vietnamese, Peggy my nail associate, explains

that she is a middle school math teacher during

the year but every summer she does nails. Her mother

works two chairs down. They’re all  from Saigon and now

they live in upstate New York.

The woman in the chair next to me we are both getting

pedicures  she drove an hour for a pedicure. Mother of three

young children, she tells us that she married

her high school boyfriend, had two children before

she realized that he was not who she thought he was

met someone else, had a baby and married him.

A good guy she says.  Mine too says Peggy, although

I could tell you a thing or two about him she says.

Then she does.

 

 

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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