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Trip to the Supermarket During a Pandemic, an L.A. Taco Poem

11:49 AM PDT on April 2, 2020

    Had to make a run to the store

    to pick up a few essential items for my wife and me

    Handkerchief covering half my mug

    Sanitizer in tow, I felt like a cleanly bandit

    Wiped down the shopping cart, 

    Entered through that automatic door, like a game of Operation

    The gargantuan grocery complex seemed colder than usual,

    emptied of product and people

    Half-empty shelves in Meat & Poultry

    Blighted isles in Toilet Paper & Paper Towel

    Price gouging goblins, capitalizing on consumer dependency

    Dozen eggs for six bucks

    Three oranges for five

    Corporate courtesy, staying open for us folks

    Government kickback? Most likely

    They care about us, sure they do

    Like a butcher cares for a pig on the chopping block

    They’re only viable if we squeal a little bit

    I’m checking out now,

    but I’ll be back, got no choice

    Cashier packed my produce with gloves on

    and paused to cough, head in shoulder

    Better get home and scramble these eggs before I crack

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