June 7, 2012

eccentric

she talked to herself
shuffling through the 
fluorescent aisles
in her slippers and
mismatched neon socks
her stringy gray hair 
was tied up in crooked pigtails
like a small girl would wear
she wore an old tee shirt and
sweatpants that had the word
delicious
printed across the butt
she made people extremely
uncomfortable
by smiling and winking
as she pushed her empty cart
past them
she snatched a can of kidney beans from the shelf
and proclaimed loudly
to no one in particular
that she could not eat kidneys
because she was a
vegetarian
not a cannibal
she flirted brazenly 
with a stock boy
while eating a handful
of grapes
she then left the store
smiling and singing to herself
without buying
anything


Written for the Thursday Think Tank:  Eccentric at Poets United...

copyright © 2012 Kevin Routh

28 comments:

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    1. Thanks Flying Monkey! I love your name!

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  2. Kevin

    Your words have created such a wonderful image. It made me think of a local lady who shops wearing a gold crown and a tattered coat.

    Eileen

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    1. Eileen - Thanks for your awesome comment! Gold crown and tattered coat? Sounds like my kind of person! I love eccentric people - they are the spice in our huge pot of "humanity stew". :)

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  3. Hilarious, Kevin! You put in a perfect whimsical slant! But reality there is! Came across same kind at odd moments who whisked pass with out a care in the world. Great!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks Hank! I really appreciate your comment. :)

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  4. Surely written from life. I loved it. I could actually 'see' her.

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    1. I can see her too - thanks! She was not written from life though, she is a character that has been walking around in my head now. :)

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  5. The eccentric often make people uncomfortable, especially if they are old. Your poem speaks of how the aged are viewed by others. The title is perfect, the behaviour of this little old lady is what now remains, of a once very acceptable member of society.

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    1. You're right - people don't like it when someone challenges their illusion of normalcy... Thanks for your comment!

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  6. I LOVE her! :) Awesome!

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    1. I do too! I was thinking about expanding her and writing a story about her.

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  7. A great depiction....that lady was having a lovely day! I especially loved "delicious" across the butt. Hilarious. She must shop at the same thrift shop I do!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! I appreciate your comments!

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  8. I just saw your comment above - YES! this would make a FANTASTIC story!

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  9. Very visual. I like this poem a lot.

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  10. Oh how sad... and... there are so very many just like her. But, she seems to be very happy in her own world. :)
    Very, very nice read. Loved the imagery. I could see her in her slippers and pig tails. Awwww

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  11. She is eccentric indeed ~ Very vivid capture of the lady in the store ~ Enjoyed it ~

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  12. This needs to be a story.

    "that she could not eat kidney beans/because she was a/vegetarian"

    My favorite line by far. But the overall image is great!

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  13. yes - these are the things Iove

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  14. So great, this poem. I love the gal you depict, her spunk and attitude likely get her through the day. Quite a nice write.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2012/06/08/lighten-your-own-load/

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  15. I saw her a little while ago! Great piece.

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  16. Haha I can see myself resorting to this in my elderly years!

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  17. Ah..the image of an eccentric. You words have created a vivid image indeed.

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  18. I think she is interesting and very happy :)

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  19. I am sure I have seen her! Really clear image with a tinge of sadness. Clever words.

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