a vox pop survey without any answers
© Joan Cahill
Post Office convenient efficient
Yes, but you heard what I said to him
a snatch of conversation as she walks past
young, vigorous, well dressed, attractive
I wonder what she did say and
who she said it to.
Jewellery dazzling, dreams in a window
Oh really, did he really fire her for that
Fire who and what was that?
work clothes, unshaven (the look), boots
Harassment, theft, chewing gum
I want to hear the other end.
Checkout at Woolies always fascinating
Did you want the red or the striped packet?
Cornflakes, condoms, candy, crepes?
sleek hair, stylish glasses, enormous handbag
Yes but the red are a lot cheaper
Let’s get our priorities right.
I move from the seat beside the travelator
dance my way through the crowd
could the dialogue be more up-market
in the recently constructed section?
More syllables, more depth?
Shiny floor, perfume of shampoo, chic spectacles
What do you want me to do about it?
expensive suit, tailored shirt, vulpine look
Now I am really curious
Is someone in trouble (the caller?)
I am distracted by a pair of shoes
very comfortable looking shoes
silver hair, supposedly look younger than my age
I might have to go in and try them on
hope my mobile doesn’t ring while I’m in there.
Have to get my priorities right.