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Line-Dancing At the Cashier

I used to find it irritating † † † †
when an old person ahead †  
of me in the checkout line †
†† † † †
waited until every last item † † † †
was rung up before † † † †  
remembering checkbook and pen.† † †
† † † †
How it took them † † † †
forever to fill the damn thing out † † † †
before carefully folding †
†† † † †
and tearing it out  
along the serrated line † † † † † † †
so very, very carefully. † † † †
† † † †  
Any old time, grandma. † † † †
†  
Or the old men who † † † †
did the same schtick †
with their wallets which they called †
†† † † †
billfolds, often the kind with zippers † † † †
and how they struggled to remember † † † †
just how the damn thing worked † † †
† † † †  
while Iím right there behind †  
them tapping my foot † † † † † † †
with little squiggly lines †
†† † † †
coming out each ear † † † †
indicating smoke, considering †
the benefits of euthanasia.† † † † † † †
† † † †  
But now I find myself † † † †
pushing eighty here† † † †
in the checkout line †  
† † †  
myopically viewing the tabloid † † † †
scandals of celebrities †† † † †
I no longer recognize† † †
†† † †  
and the first thing you know † † † †
Iím already there † † † †
with the cashier looking †  
† † † †
at me intently† † † †
a question mark † † † †
hovering over her head† †
†† † †
with this young guy right † † † †
behind me, smoke squiggles †
coming out his ears

Right on cue
he perfectly forces a smile
as his tapping foot says his lines† † † †
† † † †  
and I finally realize †  
why those old guys † † † †
from back in the day † † † †
†  
were so slow † † † †
and I have this almost † † † †
overwhelming need †
† † † †
to tell that young man †
a great and wondrous †
secret, that time casts us all† †  
†  
in interchangeable roles † † †  
and that he, too, will someday † † † †
hobble onto the stage of understanding.†

and find himself with zippered billfold
playing me in the drama
of line-dancing with variations.
†  
But that would take time †
and he's in a hurry †
so of course I don't. † † † †
† †  
† † †  
† † †  
Written 20 April 2023 †Edited 11 January 2024
Written by Mrd
Published | Edited 11th Jan 2024
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