Standing in Line

At the grocery store

tending children’s mouths

loud with hunger and an urge

to reclaim the wild

stolen by this trip for food.

Transaction failed.

Transaction failed.

Insufficient funds.

Declined. Move along ma’am.

The line won’t break

for you. Draw the line

between what you need

and what you need today.

Hope for a break

and a new line tomorrow.

You don’t know me,

I even held up your day,

but you found me

and drew a line to

cross off what was crossed out.



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