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“the women who work in the split room” by eric tolzmann

March 9, 2010

they stand in
a line, 
hair Shrouded in hairnets,
hands covered in
blue latex
many draped in burkas
and all of them in
flimsy plastic

they vary
in age and I think
and most
of them
are Ethiopian
or Sudanese or
like that.

they pick through
tomatoes, left
and right
on the wheeled
assembly line-like
track, sorting and sorting and sorting
and eventually wrapping
in cellophane on
styrofoam trays.

they stand there
for hours on end
at times. Their feet
must tire
after a few hours

i’ve never talked
to them, just the man
in charge of them (a
real friendly guy
with glasses and a head
full of dreads whose name
i don’t
because I’m always too
busy working, you know.

they are the women
who work
in what we call
“the split room”
and they are all
so beautiful
in their own

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    March 9, 2010 11:24 pm

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  2. March 21, 2010 2:09 pm


    how dare you turn this into a marketing platform.

    ignorant prick.

  3. March 22, 2010 12:09 pm

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