At the Grocery Store


At the Grocery Store

 

She’s not very tall and

She’s probably nine,

She looks up at me

And I see the first sign

Of a smile on her face.

It starts as a grin,

Then it moves to her eyes,

As wrinkles form thin

Little lines in the corners

And across her small nose.

I wink and she laughs,

Thinks I’m strange I suppose.

She and her mommy

Go on down the aisle

And then round the corner,

So I shop for a while

Through the cereal boxes,

Then, from a yellow-box cave

I see two smiling eyes

And a small, timid wave.

Hal C. Clark

May, 2010

Being a retired elementary teacher, I enjoy the interaction with kids wherever I am, and this is often at the grocery store. I get different reactions to a smile or a funny face. Mom is usually comparing prices or engaged in other serious endeavors and the child is looking for any kind of distraction. This poem is a playful treatment of such an encounter.

We are on the road and have had a busy ten or so days – In Newport, PA for an autoharp gathering and workshop; in Gettysburg Pa for July first and second (the date of the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg), and then to Washington DC for Independence Day. I have missed my writing time and blogging time and I apologize for the long time between posts. I will try to do better. I am currently working on two poems, one of them concerning Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address which I also plan to post on this blog. As always, thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you will post a response.

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4 Responses to “At the Grocery Store”


  1. 1 courtingdisaster July 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    That is so charming and sweet…also made me smile. I know exactly what you mean…I love those kinds of encounters.

    • 2 Hal C Clark July 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      I am happy to hear others have the same experience. Children are so sweet and innocent and show honestly the feelings and reactions. Thanks for the comment and visit.

  2. 3 shamslayer October 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    How sweet! Love any kind of poetry/stories that involve children.

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