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Avoiding Wal-Mart
Alice N. Persons

(after Robert Frost)

Something there is that doesn’t love a mall,
That sends me to do online shopping,
And forego the hell of giant parking lots.
I used to like buying from catalogs,
And in the long New England winters
Would comfort myself with dreams of
Nordstrom, Lands End and L.L. Bean.
Our laconic Yankee mailman would bring me
Packages, and I would open them with my
Yuppie Swiss Army knife.
Before I drive somewhere to shop,
I ask myself, “Can I do this online?”
And ponder the options. Hunt for a parking space?
Pay postage and handling?
Give out my credit card on the Net?
As my wise neighbor is fond of saying,
“Never pay retail.”

From Thank Your Lucky Stars (Moon Pie Press, 2011).
Used here with the author’s permission.


Alice N. Persons is the editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press, established in 2003, which publishes work by poets from all over the country and now has 119 books in its catalog. Author of five collections herself, Alice lives in Westbrook, Maine with two cats and a dog, all rescues, and serves on the board of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Alice loves painting, holidays, travel, baking, and Maine in all seasons.



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Love this poem and idea of it modeled after Frost. I just want more!
Posted 11/29/2013 11:45 PM
Wilda Morris:
My daughter said on Facebook she can't understand the shoppers complaining about the long-lines at stores today. What did they expect? I'm staying home, drafting updates for my nature blog on the Bolingbrook patch and for my poetry blog. "Something there is that does not love a mall" indeed!
Posted 11/29/2013 11:48 AM
Ha! I'm home working today, not shopping, that's for sure!
Posted 11/29/2013 11:02 AM
An enjoyable poem to read...and agree with.
Posted 11/29/2013 10:58 AM
Very clever! And right on the money, too, in a flinty, New England way that Frost would appreciate.
Posted 11/29/2013 07:41 AM

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