The Agony of the Supermarket

Written for:  2023 Get Started Writing Write Challenge - Day 5

"For the fifth day, write for at least 15 minutes. After all, this is a writing challenge. You can write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or whatever strikes your fancy. And as with earlier this week, you don't have to finish whatever you start or even be happy with what you write. Just write."

Supermarkets have begun to unnerve her.  Large ones
in particular.  Aisles and aisles loom like bowling
alley lanes, just as narrow.  Where to begin?  Walking
in the door, Produce is first.  Easy choice.  Round
and round in circular loops from lettuce to fruit,
to potatoes.  Hesitation.  Fingerlings, Yukon Golds,
red bliss, white, russets, and tiny taters in a bag
which would feed one person.  Walking, standing,
crouching, squinting to read obscure labels. 
Exhausting.  By the time she reaches Dairy, she is
too weary to decide which eggs to buy–caged, cage-free,
organic, white, brown.  Large or Extra-large.  She notes
that small and medium eggs have vanished.  Dragging, eyes
bloodshot from lighting, she reaches the checkout lines.
Another game awaits.  Which line is moving the quickest,
and is anyone bagging?  She notes the self-checkout lines
expanding each time she shops.  Not for her.  She did not
go food shopping for a job.  It was job enough to get
through the ordeal of shopping.  

Next time, she'd check out delivery service, a saner
choice, except, when she begins the task of ordering
online, she finds that the pages take minutes to
reveal themselves.  Maybe fasting is her best bet.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to The Agony of the Supermarket

  1. ivor20 says:

    I am just back from my supermarket ordeal … I tend to meander and wonder where to go next … yep … they changed things around again!! … and it’s another “Not-so- magical” Mystery Tour ?? …


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