Faith Gómez Clark


Faith Gómez Clark (She/They) was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. They earned their MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. They teach English courses at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Instagram handle: @faithgomezclark

Grocery store

Standing in the rear of the cart

exactly how the label warns not to,

cornsilk curls pulled back, my son

screams, turns to face me, then

mocking me, raises one tiny porcelain

forefinger to his strawberry-stained lips

and nods, his eyes a blue basket full

of mischief. Holds out his hand—

trades silence for strawberries.


When the woman approaches, I think

at first she’s mistaken me for someone 

she knows. Her skin coffee-creamer white

and just as cold—her hand skims

the brown of my skin How long have you

been caring for the child? Trustworthy help

is hard to find these days and he likes you,

I can tell and suddenly I am the child  

unable to speak for myself, with only

my silence to exchange, but for what?


My son, grown impatient, starts to scream.

I pull his angry body from the cart

and swallow him with my embrace.

© The Acentos Review 2021