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I want to grow old with you.
So old we pad through the supermarket
using the shopping cart as a cane that steadies us.
I’ll wait at register two in my green sweater
with threadbare elbows, smiling
because you’ve forgotten the bag of day-old pastries.
The cashier will tell me a joke about barbers as I wait.
He repeats the first line three times
but the only word I understand is barber.
Over the years we’ve caught inklings
of our shrinking frames and hunched spines.
You’re a little confused
looking for me at the wrong register with a bag
of almost-stale croissants clenched in your hand.
The first time I held your hand it felt enormous in my own.
Sasquatch, I teased you, a million years ago.
Over here, I yell, but not in a mad way.
You have a bright yellow pin on your coat that says, Shalom!
Senior Discount, you say.
But the cashier already knows us.
We’re everyone’s favorite customers.
|April 27, 2007||Apples||Grace Schulman|
|April 28, 2007||Psalm||Terri Ford|
|April 29, 2007||In Michael Robins's class minus one||Bob Hicok|
|April 30, 2007||Thanksgiving Letter from Harry||Carl Dennis|
|May 01, 2007||The light of a candle||Yosa Buson|
|May 02, 2007||Mother||Herman de Coninck|
|May 03, 2007||Surf Buddha||Matthew Lippman|
|May 04, 2007||Election Year||Donald Revell|
|May 05, 2007||Bucolics [LIX]||Maurice Manning|
|January 01, 2008||A Reactionary Tale||Linh Dinh|