A Strange Exhilaration


For Julie


Had she put it in reverse,

the beeping would have warned us,

but instead, the woman on the grocery-scooter,

suddenly realizing the existential tragedy

of a lame academic

with a life-basket full

of fresh produce and veggie-burgers,

floored the damn thing forward,

taking out the cereal aisle,

the health-food section, and

a couple of dazed shelf-stockers

en route to fresh meat and fine wines.

And did she find everything all right?

More than all right, Sweetie, much more.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper