The Girl of Fruit Stand #428

by Adrienne Marie Barrios

and does her husband know

that when she sees her, butterflies


like a school-girl crush, the way her smile

pulls at the corners of her mouth,

just slightly; the way her slight frame holds

so much beauty; does her husband know

that she can’t keep her heart from


for the knowledge of her touch?

Adrienne Marie Barrios is a disabled and neurodivergent writer and editor. She writes about mental health and relationships, the interplay between the two and the external world. Her work has been featured in such magazines as X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Punt Volat, Drunk Monkeys, and superfroot. She serves as editor-in-chief for Reservoir Road Literary Review and edits award-winning novels. Find her online at