Dogs 2014

THE OBLIVIOUS
(8/11/14)


he tries
to impress
the cashier
with his running
commentary
on each
of his purchases

presenting
a personable
front
she feigns
interest

smiles

responds
when appropriate

which only
encourages
his monologue

he is probably
not
an asshole

but he seems
one
as he delays
the line
with his
egoistic banter

he actually
doesn't appear
to realize
that others
are being
inconvenienced

he's simply
lonely

no one
else
will probably
listen
to him

even
after he pays
he lingers
as if forgetting
some salient point
in his commentary

finally
she dismisses him
with a "have a nice day"
and he unsurely
shuffles away
with his
precious bags

I nod
in silence
as she greets
me

swipe
my card

and begin
to sack
my own
groceries

we all
have things
to do
today

I
am probably
the only
asshole here