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.
T. Allen Culpepper