Your Shopping Cart
No, not that shopping cart
The one you’re going to steal because
in a couple of hours you’ll be kicked
from your home. Or would you rather be
So fill your shopping cart.
Quickly—what will you take? And what
whichever scavenging bastard
or heartless neighbor
or destructive kid—
don’t have time for that.
Fill up your cart.
You’re the winner. Queen for a day. Rushing
up and down aisles, accumulating loot before
the bell rings!
No you’re not.
You’re the loser. And you’ve lost everything but
whatever you can jam into that cart in the next hour
and 45 minutes (or so).
Down vest? Pillow? Photo album? Teddy bear?
Scented candle? iPod? Antique clock? Coffee Mug?
Think of the cold,
the wind and rain, and the sleet. (Jacket. Boots.
Sweatshirt. Raincoat. Umbrella. Blankets.
Think of the thieves,
the derelicts and predators, the treacherous pavement,
uncertain alleys, filthy bathrooms, and
you can take a backpack too. And a roller bag,
if you must. Yes, and don’t forget to load up
on plastic bags.
days are done.
Have a nice day.