A welcome back discount offered by a
delivery/pickup service prompted
The opportunity to stock up on some basic
Essentials: dry goods and frozen produce.
Oh, why not.
phone bleep and preview banner notified
That the personal shopper will begin
The items ordered for drop off later in the
Afternoon as scheduled.
No substitutions, please.
The delivery time chosen provided
Leeway for a baldy haircut, a bathe and a
Shave; that was the plan.
Better get a move on.
A lathered jowl, razored partially--for
Stubble, a smoothness check was conducted
Visually and by fingertip touch.
Another phone bleep accompanied the banner,
Which slid, disappeared
from the screen, the
Why did the shopper try to
The message from a bot(?) communicated
That the order
had been canceled--no
Canceled? Spontaneously canceled!?
The immediate speculation, an extraordinarily
Busy day; an incredulous
thought, being a non-
Holiday season--the guess was unfounded.
email confirmed the cancellation,
And stated that a refund would be processed
Within five days.
An automated email confirmed the cancellation,
stated that a refund would be processed
Within five days.
A gentle glide under the jaw towards the chin--
An aloe lubrication
band preceded the triple-blade.
A siren reminiscent of an amber alert interrupted
The clean shave; misguided, the gunk-clumped razor
Snagged on untaught
Flesh-wound blood briefly distracted attention
From the message that appeared on the locked screen,
of an abundance of caution, don't drink the tap
Water," or something
to that effect, "beginning at 2pm."
The time was one, thirty-five--better
The joke was lost considering this was, more or
a risk management emergency!
Danger looming, finished mustache/beard grooming;
In the attempt to dress quickly, lather smeared inside
The shirt pullover--the
face rinsed and toweled, belatedly.
Shared with a house-ridden
parent, the public safety
Announcement about the water contamination.
The phone in one hand, the wallet was grabbed with the
both were put into an EDC ready bag; keys located,
The coat put on, alarm
Unlike defensive driving to work, the speed limit was
with ease along the route to the local market
Car park, which was fuller than
normal; a calm
Apocalyptic excitement permeated throughout the lot.
hatch-back opened, the trunk loaded, a friendly
Gesture welcomed the emptied
Through the sliding doors, customers pointed that way,
Over there; an employee asked how many cases; the
did not match the hand-indicated
Amount; the audio, not the visual was confirmed;
Checkout line survey question was:
Cash or card?
On the Interstate, the car headed to the matriarch's house;
wheel button was pushed to accept the incoming
Call via the Bluetooth-paired
phone; she asked for an
Additional surplus given the potential of an
A chemical spill the span of a flowing river determined
The length of the line outside a big-box food-plus depot;
The queue progressed
as swiftly as a panicked gastropod.
A membership card was displayed for
entry to the
Warehouse; fluorescent yellow-vested employees provided
control; cordoned lanes within the aisles funneled the
Flow of shoppers toward
their intended purchase.
A voice questioned a satisfied customer heading
Opposite direction, if there was plenty available; the hesitant
fearing of a free-for-all, became more confident when
An electric forklift
engine whined and the vehicle's safety
Backup alarm sounded.
At the childhood home, the car was unloaded;
Shrink-wrapped pint bottles were taken into the house
in a room that did not allow direct sunlight;
Several pints were shelved in
the kitchen refrigerator.
Shrink-wrapped pint bottles were taken into the
And placed in a room that did not allow direct sunlight;
pints were shelved in the kitchen refrigerator.
A few days
later, the crisis was averted; tap water was
Deemed safe for drinking.
foregone, chemical contaminants expunged--what
Remained, a reminder to recycle