At The Checkout

The two moaning ladies

Beat me to the Asda checkout

I stood there and waited

Listening to all their gossip.


The one with the chicken, milk and processed cheese

Said ,“You know what

I’ve never been to America

Never wanted to.

My daughter took me to MacDonalds

Didn’t like the Apple pies.”


Her friend just laughed out loud

Fiddled with her tins of tuna

And said , “Well I’ve never been there

But I’ve been to Zanzibar

Golden beaches and camels

Didn’t like it, much too hot.”


I paid for my fruit and yogurts,

Buy one get one free,

The checkout lady rolled her eyes

And looked away.

A glance which said it all

And I understood.

The two murmuring ladies had been there before.

I could still hear them moaning.


Written for Poetry Jam where Mary’s prompt was to write about  –

Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is the way you both hate and love something you are not sure you understand.

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14 Responses to At The Checkout

  1. Mary says:

    I enjoyed this poem, Alan. It made me laugh really. I could picture you in this line.i have listened to people like this before when they don’t realize others are listening… I smiled about the one talking about apple pies at McDonalds…made me wonder if there are people who think they might not like England because they are not fond of fish and chips. LOL.

  2. brian miller says:

    smiles. so true. it is alluring in that we really dont know it…then too in not really knowing it we can hate it for the wrong reasons….ignorance eh? smiles…

  3. Laurie Kolp says:

    I really enjoyed this, Alan!

  4. Kathe W. says:

    oh ho! I have been behind those ladies! Excellent! Have a happy day!

  5. Ha! The things you can hear while waiting in long lines!

  6. Helen Dehner says:

    Alan! This is priceless … rolling my eyes with the checkout lady now.

  7. Gabriella says:

    This is funny Alan! But also a little bitter sweet when you think of the prejudice that may lie behind the clichés.

  8. Sherry Marr says:

    This totally made me laugh – I’m so with the checkout lady! Reminds me of a time a tourist in Tofino told me she had been “underwhelmed” with the Rocky Mountains. OMG.

  9. peggygoetz says:

    What a clear description of this everyday scene. Made me smile too. Clever take on the prompt!

  10. Gillena Cox says:

    queue conversations can be very interesting, luv the way you crafted this poem

    much love…

  11. ohohsuzyq says:

    Supermarket conversations can be quite entertaining. I could visualise yours.

  12. Sara v says:

    Alan, I am amazed that someone would judge America on McDonald’s apple pies! It’s so true though, its all in the perspective, excellent poem:-)

  13. I liked this so true what one person will know and like the next will not know and not like

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