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Clerk's unintended slight leads to humorous verse

Poet abuse can take subtle forms. Especially elder poet abuse. Poets of a certain age can be sensitive. We have feelings, too, you know.

So it was as I stood in line recently at a supermarket checkout station. Observing the scene, I noticed that the clerk was reciting a mantra as each customer passed through.

I was no exception. Planning to pick up only a couple of small, lightweight items, I had brought with me one shopping bag. Its capacity was by no means exceeded.

Nevertheless – and perhaps on autopilot as she neared the end of her shift – the clerk hit the replay button as she handed me my receipt.

I may never recover.

Counter Encounter

That pert and pretty checkout


Didn’t need a knowing smirk.

Enough to knock my hormones


“Sir, could you use some help

with that?”

Bob Simon is a Los Altos resident. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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