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How I Survive Without a Prime Membership
T. R. Poulson


Letís say I need a thingamajig that flips
and slips and grips and nips. A tool,
perhaps, or just a treasure. Those trips

to stores, now obsolete, I simply Google
a key phrase of action or appearance
sought. Amazon appears atop the whirlpool

of websites listed (of course), coherence
constant in their quest to draw me, lure
me and my credit card. Perseverance

pays, and I discover that a simple tour
with clicks or swipes pays dividends.
The thingamajig has a name, obscure

perhaps, but now I know it! I look up trends
(using the real name for this thing I covet)
and go to reviews to see who recommends

Brand A over Brand B, and why they love it.
Now, with confidence, I search once more
and (fully done with Amazon, sick of it,

I leave it like last yearís textbook, stored
for future research), a click or two, I find
an exciting new company in which to pour

my hard-earned dollars. I may be resigned
to pay some extra pennies for shipping,
wait a week or two, but I donít mind

And I donít have to be a member, committed
to a CEO who makes more per minute
than I take home all year. Life seems rigged,
but Iím happy. I order my thingamajig.††

This poem first appeared in Rattle (Summer 2020).
Used here with permission.

T. R. Poulson, a University of Nevada alum and proud Wolf Pack fan, lives in San Mateo, California. Her work has appeared in various journals, and she is currently seeking a publisher for her first chapbook, Broken Feasts, Broken Forms. T. R. supports her poetry habit by working full time as a driver for UPS, and when not working or writing, she enjoys sports, windsurfing, and hiking.

Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
Love it!
Posted 07/23/2022 01:09 PM
Very timely, expressive, and descriptive of the online ordering experience!
Posted 07/13/2022 09:08 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 07/13/2022 02:21 PM
Posted 07/13/2022 10:07 AM
Convulsing out here in the cornfields of Central Illinois!! Nicely done, Ms. Poulson.
Posted 07/13/2022 08:38 AM
Larry Schug:
Totally enjoyable! I like everything from the rhyme and word choice,the language and the social commentary to the funky line breaks.
Posted 07/13/2022 06:53 AM
Clever. Love love it and sick of it rhyme.
Posted 07/13/2022 05:12 AM

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