Wednesday, March 11, 2009


We entered the commercial box
And stopped and the special corner
My associate was not convinced
But I did not cared that much
Because I was holing a cup of coffee
And I was happy

I concentrated on
The Chinese televisions
And examined them to see
If they were enhanced digitally

I could not find out
Because an extremely attractive
Human being entered
My field of vision

I gave the signal
And we moved towards
A comestibles area

We struggled to find lentils
I gave up and concentrated
On a feminists-style article
About drunk writers
That decorated the magazine rack

As I read a quote by Hemmingway
Which stated something like:
“I drink to tolerate the company of fools”

The most attractive
human being in the store
Was informing my brother
Were the find the lentils
And how to cook them

I lifted my eyes from
The rag I was speed-reading
To find a pretty woman
With an anchor embroidered
On her jacket
Chest level right side
Smiling at me

I told the boy who
Bagged our groceries
To have his eye-infection
Taken care of
The cashier pointed
Towards the pharmacy
And I looked at the medicine

We walked towards the car
And I was told we did not
Have the right spices
So we visited the local chain store

And there we did not find
Chinese televisions
But we did see Chinese
Girls walking the isles

They looked at me funny
As I read something
About exorcisms
Next to magazine rack

A Spanish song played
In the store’s PA
And I noticed two cashiers
Singing the words
One was dancing
To the rhythm

I approach the dancing cashier
And asked her if she could
Tell me what was the last part
Of the chorus she was singing

She said it was something like
“Put your lips all over me”
But that she was not sure
Then she smiled

I asked the other cashier
And she said the same thing
And she also smiled

We paid and my friend
Did not wait for the change
But hurried out of there
I thank them
Took the change
Said goodbye & left


Blog Author said...

Why not name these writings as narrative haiku? they have the minimalistic aproach of haiku, and a narrative to focus on. I do like this one, as others you write with the same dramatic flair of everyday lore. Hemmingway, Kerouac, Cactus...

Blog Author said...

by the way, "in my humble opinion", these are the type of narratives you should be reading at lectures... not the political propaganda type texts... these have the flavor of humanity in them.

Martínez said...

I think you are right… political propaganda was done best by Mayakovski and his comrades… but I do believe though, that politics do have a chair in the poetic dinning table. But yes, the aftertaste of humanity is definitely hard to beat.