Author’s Note: I don’t comment on why I write, the reasons behind a poem or its meaning. But today is different.
I was going through the checkout at Woolworth’s tonight, buying milk. The girl at the checkout, while waiting for customers, was writing on the back of a discarded receipt.
There was Japanese writing and a little manga-style cartoon. I said, “Cool drawing” and she was a little embarrassed.
Quick transaction and I was on my way. It was the little drawing I found intriguing; an insight into another person’s life. It inspired the first half of the poem and I turned the second half into a little whimsy.
The power of story from someone’s life. Look for the moments.