when you look with one eye.
Perspective is one aisle
in Walmart. You pick goods
with half-extinguished thoughts
from bottom shelf.
Long self-checkout lines
those dreams were on sale.
Be the camera. One eye. Above it all.
Turn the corner. Reach HIGH.
Written for dverse poets De is hosting and we are writing Quadrille poems (only 44 words) with the prompt word Possibilities. Come join in the fun!
35 thoughts on “Reach”
Love this, Tricia! This is positively contagious. 😀
Thanks, Lucy! I’ll take contagious, quite possibly this will go viral and infect the minds and soul of everyone within 6 virtual feet. 😄
The perspective of this is so different, and so cool. It reminds me a little of Edie Brickell:
“Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box
Religion is the smile on a dog”
Now I have that song in my head! 🙂 Thanks for the prompt, I bet we get lots of uplifting poems from it!
Don’t judge me, but, it made me think of a liquor store with the better stuff on the higher shelves. But life is short, so yes, turn a corner and reach high.
😄 all kinds of perspectives are allowed, no judgements! I was thinking of all the generic brand cereal on the bottom shelves, haha! 🍷
Perspective is huge, isn’t it?
It affects our lives so much! The big picture is seldom seen. Thanks 👍
Perspective is a great deal. I like the fun take to reaching high for that (grocery item).
Thanks, Grace ❤️
Reach HIGH, amazing metaphor Tricia. Enjoyed it very much :))
Thanks so much! 🙂
Yes, definitely don’t settle for store-bought packaged dreams!
Yes, some aisles just sell you GMO crap, for sure! 🙂
I haven’t been supermarket shopping for months, so I enjoyed your foray into the world of Walmart, Tricia. I’m not a fan of big stores but, since the pandemic started, I’ve been holed up at home and would give anything to get out for a root around the shelves. I like the way you played with ‘one eye’.
Thanks, Kim! Being able to shop at the store and see possibilities on the shelves could be another poem too. Hopefully things can go back to our “old normal” soon for all of us! ❤️
Ah yes….it’s all in the perspective! Reaching high in the grocery store….rather than what’s at eye level wihich is the marketing ploy. And have you ever noticed that all the sugared cereal is a tad lower on the shelves? At kids’ eye level of course! Ah to really be able to “shop” again and by that I mean meander, pick something up, put it back down again….”window shop” inside a store……wishful thinking right now. But new vaccine news holds great possibilities! And there’s that word again!
Exactly, Liilian! Thanks for your comments ♥️
Always love your perspective, Tricia! 😀
Thanks, Dora! ❤
The best stuff is never on eye level… sometimes there is good stuff at the botton too.
Yes, eye level and the end of the aisles gets all our attention. Next time I go shopping I’m going to search the bottom and top shelves more and be a rebel! 🙂
This is such a unique approach to the challenge ~~~ I love it.
Thanks so much, Helen! ❤️
The placement of products on certain shelves, and even the music that plays in the background — all subliminal influences on our choices.
Yep, our perspective is always being influenced. Thanks for the comment, Beverly! ♥️
the places our minds wander in the supermarket … good one, this resonates with us all!
It was a fun one to write, thanks Kate! ❤
Marketing is all about perspective. And that’s most of life figuring out what is real! Enjoyed this!
Thanks, my pretty sister. ❤
In the end it’s all about perspective! 😀 Love, love, love this! 💝
Thanks, Sanaa ❤
Look up, look low, choose your view. I really like the perspective in this poem. These lines especially spoke to me.
“Long self-checkout lines
those dreams were on sale.”
Yes, I think people go for the easy grabs in life. Thanks for your thoughts, Ali! 🙂