Thomas Jardine resides in Texas and has written poetry for over 44 years. He is the author of two small chapbooks, Virtual White Orchids and The Death of the Young Roofer Man. He likes to write lyrical poetry combining form and sense, and narrative poetry, where story, the subject and the lines gently expound notes on life. Ever fascinated by the integrity between relationships, Thomas concerns much of his writing with what is felt yet rarely expressed.
"Two Grocery Carts" is a metaphor for two grocery carts stuck together, which we all encounter, for two people in love and there is no way to explain why. Two people, together.
Two Grocery Carts
The grocery store, isles of rainbow fruit
and cartoon veggies, has the usual plethora
of shoppers in a business, bathing, or jogging suit,
who examine and press a perfect orange,
size every beet, weigh broccoli,
and check tomato leaves for fringe
and lift apples to look for an aura.
A few don't bother; they shop and casually
choose celery, beans in cans, crackers off-brand,
no list necessary, any wine will do; dry, bland.
You and I are outside, two grocery carts
inextricably coupled, irking those
who yank our handles then analyze parts
of underlying commonality that seldom shows
when other carts, same shape, same day
look exactly alike and easily roll away.
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