Stoping by the Grocery Store on a Busy Evening


I was at the grocery store checkout visiting with the checkout clerk. I see her most every week, but I don't know her name. Shame on me.


"I've got miles to go before I sleep," I said.


"Oh, yeah," she comiserated. Her checkout line was long and her shift just starting. "Who said that?" she asked. "Was it John F. Kennedy?"


"Close enough," I answered.

Remember a time when poetry was widely read, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath. She and I both know these words. What are our cultural Frost quips of today? Are we richer for our Ipods, blogs and facebook? Do we read more or less? I think about this.

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