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Alice N. Persons


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(after Robert Frost)

Something there is that doesn’t love a mall,
That sends me to do online shopping,
And forego the hell of giant parking lots.
I used to like buying from catalogs,
And in the long New England winters
Would comfort myself with dreams of
Nordstrom, Lands End and L.L. Bean.
Our laconic Yankee mailman would bring me
Packages, and I would open them with my
Yuppie Swiss Army knife.
Before I drive somewhere to shop,
I ask myself, “Can I do this online?”
And ponder the options. Hunt for a parking space?
Pay postage and handling?
Give out my credit card on the Net?
As my wise neighbor is fond of saying,
“Never pay retail.”

From Thank Your Lucky Stars (Moon Pie Press, 2011).
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

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Alice N. Persons was born in Massachusetts, grew up in the Army, and graduated from high school in Virginia. After earning a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, she worked as a copy editor, bartender, waitress, and secretary before becoming an English teacher. Co-founder of Moon Pie PressAlice is the author of four poetry collections and serves on the board of Port Veritas, a spoken word collective in Portland. A devoted advocate for animal welfare and protection, she lives with four cats and a dog in Westbrook, Maine.

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Post New Comment:
twinkscat:
Love this poem and idea of it modeled after Frost. I just want more!
Posted 11/29/2013 11:45 PM
Wilda Morris:
My daughter said on Facebook she can't understand the shoppers complaining about the long-lines at stores today. What did they expect? I'm staying home, drafting updates for my nature blog on the Bolingbrook patch and for my poetry blog. "Something there is that does not love a mall" indeed!
Posted 11/29/2013 11:48 AM
laurasalas:
Ha! I'm home working today, not shopping, that's for sure!
Posted 11/29/2013 11:02 AM
TheSilverOne:
An enjoyable poem to read...and agree with.
Posted 11/29/2013 10:58 AM
mjorlock:
Very clever! And right on the money, too, in a flinty, New England way that Frost would appreciate.
Posted 11/29/2013 07:41 AM


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