“Fear is the mind-killer.” ― Frank Herbert , Dune
Standing in line at the grocery store:
A woman in front of me buying 30 lbs of apples
20 lbs of onions and 2 dozen donuts- why?
All I can surmise is the apples are for horses she owns,
But as far as the onions and donuts, I will never know
A young guy behind me, single for sure-
with a cart full of dried pasta, jarred sauce
frozen meals, and one lonely container of chicken broth
A cashier working through a long line tells someone
We have a limit on the number of rolls of toilet paper
and hand sanitizer you can buy
There is a look of panic in everyone’s eyes
And the world has suddenly become much smaller.
I put my paltry 6 items on the counter,
and wait my turn
Then I go home
sit and watch a Northern Flicker
bask in the warmth of the morning sun.
©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg
Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page