Attention, Shoppers by Roy A. Dorman

The bagger hoists
the last sack of groceries
into the cart.

I nod my thanks,
and give him
my “just being polite” smile.

Have a good weekend,
he mumbles
as I push the cart toward the exit.

It’s 10:42
on a Monday morning;
I fear for my tomatoes and grapes.


Roy Dorman is retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Benefits Office and has been a voracious reader for almost 60 years. He has had poetry and flash fiction published recently in Drunk Monkeys, Burningword Literary Journal, The Screech Owl, and Lake City Lights, an online literary site that he has just agreed to be the editor of at the request of its publisher.