Supermarket Space Invaders

itchy feet began to squeeze

into my size 8 shoes intent

on propelling me 

out of the way.


standing so close behind

their impatience felt like 

fire breathing down my neck

as arms with three-fingered

hands thrust past my open 

mouth to whisk away the last 

two chicken and pesto paninis 

from the shelf, heavily discounted

at a bargain price of £1.79 each.


rather miffed, I turned around 

to speak my mind but instead

stared speechless as I met the 

bulging eyes of two space invaders 

who then strode nonchalantly 

out of the store without paying. 


it was then it occured to me that

I'd only popped in for a loaf. 


on the way home I reflected 

that supermarkets nowadays 

are full of surprises.

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Paul Waring

Sun 23rd Apr 2017 09:07

Lovely words Cynthia, warmly received. So pleased you enjoyed this. Sending you a kiss for your kindness.

Paul x

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 22nd Apr 2017 21:41

Terrific! It rocks along a fine story with gusto. Love the incongruous ending. I needed a good laugh.

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Paul Waring

Fri 21st Apr 2017 11:20

John, is that because they heard the gypsy (s)creams?

Just wondered....😁


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John Coopey

Fri 21st Apr 2017 11:02

When our kids were little they used to race up the aisle shouting "race you to the gypsy Aisle". It was a bit embarrassing.

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Paul Waring

Fri 21st Apr 2017 09:22

Thanks David,

I have had many experiences in supermarkets, both here and abroad, of standing looking at products on a shelf and sensing people itching to be where I'm standing and almost willing me to get out of the way. People from countries I won't name have practically pushed me out of the way! Oh, the injustice of it all 😂... (climbing down from my soapbox now).


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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 20th Apr 2017 23:12

Nice one Paul,

was it Halloween, or were you just visiting the west country?

Supermarkets do attract some alien behaviour these days.


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