One Shot Wednesday 12/22

Aisle Seven

I don’t like going to supermarkets

where the overhead voice pages again,

Clean up on aisle seven. Clean up…

That is what God always wanted to say—

I’m sure of it. Down one of these aisles,

any of them at all, you will be judged;

not by angels or saints, but leftovers

stored in Tupperware (marked down clearance

price.) Memories long since rotted and blackened

past all recognition but still retained.

The green patches you can’t clean out

even with bleach—what it looks like to die.

The fading grey always touching too close—

out damned spot. And God pages again

Clean up on aisle seven.

The stain is set. No one moves.

One Shot Wednesday over at One Stop Poetry join, write a poem or head over to read and comment on others. This is the last One Shott hat you can link up for the One Stop Anthology – a collection of “Best of One Shot – the first six months”, published under Limited Editions Press



  1. Michelle Said:

    I love the juxtaposition of the spiritual and the common in this…I think it was the Macbeth reference though that illuminated the theme for me (if I am reading this correctly) I see self condemnation, and fear of judgment. Nice writing 🙂

    • Judy Black Said:

      Thanks!! This poem has been a struggle to try to balance the spiritual and the everyday and I’m glad you liked/caught the Macbeth reference!

  2. Judy, I just found this and it is so powerful. I love the metaphor. A lot to think about in this one. Thank you.

    • Judy Black Said:

      Thanks so much!! I’m glad you found it and love the metaphor! Happy New Year to you!

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