Grocery Poems – Aisle 1


“The world is nuts!”
the manager heard the stock-girl say
as he was walking
into the break-room
to drink a cup of coffee
with butter-pecan creamer

and he listened to her list
the woes and worries of the world
that she had heard on the evening news

she spoke of terror and war,
global warming and famine
trafficking of drugs
trafficking of girls
of chaos and calamities
too numerous to name
and so…

his break, ceasing to be a break,
he went and stood
for a while
in Aisle 1

which held, among other things
the nuts

file and rank,
rows and columns
pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, cashews
almonds and chestnuts and hazelnuts too
walnuts, brazil nuts, all in their place
and seeing this order
he felt great relief

and if you were near him
you might have heard him sigh:
“Oh no, my dear girl,
the world is certainly not nuts…
If only it were.”


photos by the author

poem (and perhaps a series of poems to come) inspired, in part, by Bjorn Rudberg‘s “Aged Librarian” poem series.

Sharing this with dVerse for OLN

15 thoughts on “Grocery Poems – Aisle 1

  1. I love that you are starting a series Bryan ~ Certainly not that nutty yet but I can imagine the big relief of seeing all those orderly containers of nuts ~

  2. Ah yes, the good kind of nuts. Take back and claim your birthright, Nuts! Don’t let the insane get it! And, I couldn’t help but think of ‘Best in Show’ and the nut-naming cameo. Good poem 🙂

  3. Oh what a nice kind of fantasy! I can see the Mr. Peanut of tv fame with his cane and top hat, his red hair blowing in the wind, jut eating nuts and saying it’s all been a big joke, he wasn’t serious….

  4. aha – pistachios are always my favourite. This is so much like my neighbourhood store – How have you been? I was away from Dverse for a long time.

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