After picking 50 boxes
of grapes, hands stung &
bleeding, she rests
against a haystack,
inhales in unison with cows. 
sheep, a curled dog.
Nestled in hay, she sips
warm sugar-water from
a jar; pours some over
her stings & cuts.
Though manipulated,
she manipulates no one, 
When insects unmercifully 
bite her cheek, she offers 
the other dustier cheek.

Claire J. Baker is a dedicated poet and a self-appointed peace activist.