Chrome covered cough
alerts pandemic claustrophobic
sleep deprived grocery shoppers.

Glares never thrust
so many knives in Caesar’s torso
at the goat yogurt cooler.

Eleven more items to go
following a scratch paper scribbled map
entombed in social distancing.

Comfort food congregation
clears the ice cream freezer,
smears the glass door with fingerprints.

Relatively static cashiers
stand behind blue rimmed sneeze guards,
behave as though they’ve Seen the Elephant.

copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney

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