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pardon our progress
by Ben Newell
Theyíre overhauling the Kroger near my apt.
Iím talking major changes here.
Iím talking
a
total
reconfiguration;

everybodyís
lost,
wandering the aisles,
up
and
down, back and forth, confused faces, infuriated faces, frightened
facesó

Panic attacks,
dizzy spells,
nausea,
even broken bones
from violent collisions;
the signs
dangling from the ceiling
donít correspond
to the items
below.

And
the employees
are no help;
you ask them
a directional question
and
all you get
is a blank stare.

Many shoppers give up,
abandoning their buggies
and walking out.  Itís a bad scene,
from produce to seafood
to dairy,
a full scale
fiasco.

At least
they didnít move the beer;
the beer
is right where
itís always been,
a comforting oasis of familiarity
at the center
of this maelstrom; now more crowded
than ever;
itís like a fucking bar,
people drinking
right out there in the open,
a regular meat market,
a good place
to score
if you can tolerate
the music.
April 2014
144