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A Thin Layer of Dust

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A thin layer of dust hiding under angled radars makes the plastic cup look like it’s

Floating

Moonlighting in a supermarket with frozen purpose and my other friend the taroof search

Wheeling past the slabs of the dead and the zombie choosers.

There isn’t enough energy to scream and push so gingerly I pick pushing

So that I can pace myself in the middle of the aisle and let the egg lights induce me.

At some point, going back will be an option but for now I can circle the store

Until it looks empty.

The laminated floor stretches under my feet, a retailer’s requiem

But it’s hard to trust its shifting squeak, its foam fantasy.

He would have trusted it, encouraged it, he of the modern persuasion

And the bathroom television, which he would never use. A kudos collection.

It’s a bleached box, and yes I denigrate it but still come to it with all my anxieties

Discarded in the trolley; a discount DVD and end of line lavender soap

Because no one likes the thin layer of dust but me.

And perhaps the old lady squinting under the makeup counter’s lamps.

Time travels in a Tesco’s, combinations lock my attention on clinging

Products that evolution entertains; this DVD looks dubious

But I’ll take it home anyway, as my metaphor for normality

A motion of madness, crisp like the focus of the till.

Expelling myself from the tomb of abundance

Ungrateful, remorseful, deceived in the art of purchase

The soap I’ll use, the film just a sacrifice to the gods of

Debris.


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Welcome to Hennen's Observer. I enjoyed this poem's metaphors and look forward to more work!

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Thank you, that's kind. Your website is really lovely.

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Wow, yes I enjoyed this! So many lines to pick from as favorites but I think: "Ungrateful, remorseful, deceived in the art of purchase" is masterful. Thanks, and I toohope there will be more from you.

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Hi Alberto, thank you for your kind comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem and thank you too for the encouragement.

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Well done ;)I love the perception in this piece... welcome

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Thank you for your lovely message.

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