Flora Single


I know it seems silly, but I would really appreciate it if you would correctly label me. I know that most people will understand that I’m not a banana.

They probably even understand that I am a fruit.

But what about the child who wanders in, with recently acquired knowledge of reading and general fruit names? This poor child will see me and say, “that’s a funny-looking banana.”

I don’t WANT to be a funny-looking banana!

So please take me off this banana plate or label me as I am! Note my value and help others distinguish me. While we’re on the subject, I will never understand why couples have less value than individuals.

Abiotic Group

Group Session

I haven’t been touched in years.
What value do I have if not in circulation?

We’re with you.
Your value is more than your date stamp.
You can count on your copper hive.

You guys are the best!

Group hug!

Abiotic Single


Stop…before you say it, I know.
I really shouldn’t have.
I knew I would regret it, but I just couldn’t resist!

There it was – sitting there, looking delicious.
A big electrical brownie just for me!
I just ate it, okay?

It was delicious.
I know they’ll close me up and it’ll be with me forever,
but I don’t care.

Please don’t judge me.


Cup Runneth Dry

Stone Cold and Hollow Dried Up,
Attraction in Pursuit of Momentary Solitude
Waiting to be Filled

Photo and Text by: Cara Smith – Louisville, KY

Abiotic Single

Pitch In

It was a slow day. Not too many visitors, so as you can see…I haven’t collected much. I hope the Flip & Empty man isn’t disappointed. You should have seen me last week! There were swarms of humans with tons of contributions. I couldn’t even hang on to everything.

It’s funny though, so many people stop by and really they never have much to say to me. A simple, ‘thank you’ would be nice. Some people search around, like maybe they contributed something on accident. Those are the ones that mumble and mutter to me.


Fraidy Bar

I think I’m safe here…
No! I can hear them coming!
Be still…they can’t see.

Photo by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Abiotic Group


Things are changing.
Slower as we go,
faster as we grow apart.

Still a group.
We stand out now,
lifted by forces unknown.

Seeing all things.
From this height,
we recognize our place.

Flora Single

I’m So Lucky

Just a few inches more and I would have been in the trash can.


I never wanted to be part of a random heap –
Among discarded Starbucks.

No no…this is not right!
I am meant to become part of the earth, not trapped in a bag.
Why delay my decay any longer by lining us up in rows?
Please do me the favor of allowing me to become one with the soil again!

Abiotic Couple

Odd Couple

No matter who goes by,
they are seen as a couple.

Never alone,
only feeling mellow.

Two odd numbers;
Locked and unlocked.

Unaware of purpose,
they sunbathe in silence.

Flora Group


We see your attempt
    “Seduce the shoppers!”
…so you think

We are united
    L’épi de maïs!
Smart shoppers avoid the half-shucked