Day 27/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170827)

i am in line
it’s a long line even though there are plenty
of registers open and i think when the young woman….


My poem in the line is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page.

Three days left, three days left. Man, the month really flew by, eh?

12 thoughts on “Day 27/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170827)”

    1. It’s there under day 27. It didn’t get posted until this morning. Also, there was a typo in the poem’s title in this post. the title is just “in the line.”

  1. It’s there now. “what did i steal today”? You captured a lot of the tension and struggle we have with the actions of others vs. honesty with ourselves.. BTW, isn’t “bullshit” all one word, or was that intentional?

  2. I love this for lots of reasons, but I’m especially partial to that notion of challenging ourselves in the very moment we feel we’ve done better than someone else — of asking ourselves where our snap judgments come from, and whether they’re as warranted as we’re conditioned to think they are. Though your narrator doesn’t claim to have a complete answer to his self-critical question, “What did I steal today?” I get the sense that his desire to do and be better is authentic, which I find commendable.

    Still, I’m left wanting him to go back inside the store and put back that “eyeful” he stole!

    This one refuses to take the easy way out, which I think is the reason it resonates so well with the likes of me!

    1. This was one of the better poems, I agree. I’ve been listening to audiobooks about cognitive biases and it’s making me question how I react to the world, thought I think I’ve always been a cynic and a fatalist. I’m glad you liked this one too.

      I finally gave a table for my typewriter so I’ll be able to work on your (and Bob’s) poem. I don’t have any white out. Just warning you.

    1. Thanks so much. I felt there was a lot of emotion compressed in this one. If only I knew how to do that consistently.

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