10 Items or Less

31 Jul


Peter Rabbit waves at me

in the express lane,

inked into the forearm of the hipster girl

loading guava jam and pinot grigio

on the black conveyor belt.

Unloading my cart, I tell her

“I like your ink.”

She smiles and holds out her arm for inspection

and I tell her about a colleague

with the Wild Things circling his bicep,

Max leading the parade.

Her boyfriend in skinny jeans has been listening,

rubbing small circles on her back while we talk.

“Let the Wild Rumpus begin!” he exclaims.

We laugh together as they push their shopping cart into the night.


The cashier smiles

scanning my bottle of Greek dressing.

“We used to tease my brother because he used this on everything.

Now, it says ‘for everything’

right on the bottle.”

“Maybe,” I say,

swiping my debit card,

“you should dare him to put it on ice cream.”

She’s laughing as she hands me my receipt.

The old saying lies.

The devil is not in the details.

They compose the sacred threads of  divine connections,

drawing us to fellowship in

10 items or less.

3 Responses to “10 Items or Less”

  1. Amanda Medrano August 1, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    This is great! What type of writing exercise were you doing?

  2. Dawn August 1, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Thank you, Amanda! I wasn’t doing a specific writing exercise, but I have been in the Abydos writing intensive for teachers for the past 3 weeks, and the overall atmosphere has encouraged me to stretch a little. =)

  3. bookmole August 20, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Love it.

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