At The grocer’s

Amaranth quinoa chia flax seeds
bulgur wheat millet couscous.

Outlandish names on bulk
jars and bins at today’s
grocer’s shop – the supermarket.

Once our grocer’s shop was one
of the little shops clustered
around the haphazard cross
roads of five busy roads.

Butcher, baker, chemist, dairy
greengrocer draper stood
beside fishmonger’s, hardware,
stationer’s and shoe shops.
Each shop kept to its own
line of goods, each shopkeeper
served customers at the counter.

When our first superette opened
an old lady complained to the
manager that the checkout girl
would not fetch the items on
her shopping list. He said he
paid her to stay at the till, not
fetch items for customers.

A strange new world indeed !

What would the old lady have
thought of amaranth, quinoa,
chia, flax seed and wheat ?

Previously posted July 2017.

At The grocer’s

11 thoughts on “At The grocer’s

  1. Here it is still possible to do most of one’s shopping that way in our little villages and I do that and combine it with purchases at the open-air weekly markets.
    As for the seeds and grains, despite the fact they have been around and part of many diets, many are just becoming acquainted with them. As a vegan, they are staples in my home.
    Thank you for the poem.

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      1. I got to the point where I felt I was constantly on the run to get my three pieces ready for each week. I feel as though I am re energising myself taking this time off writing.


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