Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Checking Out at Lent

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
A kharmic connection at the checkout line?

Something
brought me here
It wasn't the car
I rode in for 13 hours
Carving a slice
through America's breadbasket
It was something else

It wasn't the meat
that I gave up for Lent
That had me hunting the
frozen food section
of the grocery store
looking for a
soy based food option

She caught my attention
while I was waiting
in the express lane
with an armful of food:
Lunch, supper and tomorrow's breakfast
What do you usually hear? I ask
Pointing to her nametag with my eyes

"You are my Destinee"
she said with a smile
as she put my purchases
into two plastic bags


— Mark Butkus