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Poor Man's Strawberry
By Kim McDougall
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Nicolette has learned all the lessons her mother, taught. Some of them too well.

Available as a free pdf download from Twisted Tongue Magazine, or in print.

She found rhubarb and added it to her basket. Mother called rhubarb poor man’s strawberry for the sweetness of its stalks. During the war, people boiled the leaves as a substitute for spinach or collards. Many deaths followed the ingestion of the poisonous leaves of poor man’s strawberries.

Nicolette hurried. Anna Marie couldn’t handle the twins for long, and father’s gout was, by now, unbearable. Overnight, his elbow had swelled to the size of a melon. She could only imagine his pain; her own heartaches, in comparison, were minor.

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