Gouda cheese (pronounced gow duh) is orange in color, made from cow’s milk, and is named after the town of
Several years ago, a local restaurant advertised omelets, sandwiches, and other items made with
The scene opens at The Country Kitchen in
Dolly Parton sits in a booth.
She barely touches her
She’s wearing blue jeans
and a colorful western shirt that accents her bosom.
The sunlight from a nearby window sparkles in her blonde, frizzy hair.
Jolene sits across from her,
a non-descript woman with short dark hair,
wearing navy blue sweat pants and a white t-shirt.
She wolfs down her barbecued chicken sandwich,
“I don’t know what my husband sees in you, honey,” says Dolly.
“You’re so plain.”
“Maybe it’s the fact that I’m always there for him,” says Jolene.
“I don’t travel around the country,
giving concerts, signing autographs, smiling at other men.”
“But that’s my work,” says Dolly.
“He knew that when he married me.
And why on Earth would he want to live in
None of these towns are like
“He likes my ranch,” answers Jolene.
“In the evening, we sit on the front porch,
drink coffee, play chess,
watch the sun go down.
It’s more romantic than some pent house in
Did he tell you
we met at your concert in
When he complained of a headache,
told you he was going back to the Brown palace,
he was going there to be with me.”
“You slut!” says Dolly.
She rises, picks up her omelet,
flings it at Jolene, hurries out the door.
The camera zooms in on Jolene,
her face swathed in egg,
smoked bacon, tomato slices, and
This was recently published in Magnets and Ladders, an online magazine featuring stories, poems, and essays from such disabled writers as myself. Two other poems from my book were also published in this issue. As the radio ads said, have a