From Issue 2: Winter Outside a Grocery Store

The road is a messy
half-eaten casserole.
The weekend sun, a limp
slice of lemon.
It sneaks out without a whimper.
and is not missed.
I sit in the car, waiting
for you to return
with vegetables,
their attendance
necessary for updating
the week’s meal roster.
Three young men emerge
with their acquisitions.
Bottles of wine, local and exotic.
Another, a store helper,
battles the stabbing
arctic chill to
push a fresh batch of carts,
left behind by shoppers.
The store’s sliding doors open,
a mother and son come out
bearing yellow bags. Their
tired feet scurry through
the snow.
An old lady
droops under the weight of two
bags–the weekly cross
she must bear for
still living.
Not everyone’s Saturday
evening
is the same.

 

Bhaswati Ghosh writes and translates fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her writing has appeared in several literary journals, including Cafe Dissensus Everyday, Pithead Chapel, Warscapes, Earthen Lamp Journal, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Stealing Time, Daily News and Analysis (DNA), Humanities Underground, and The Four Quarters Magazine. Her website is bhaswatighosh.com.