you’re supermarket bright when you walk in from the local council authorised blackout street
at twelve o’clock on friday you can hear the air raid siren from the barracks across the town
ringing like a mobile phone in the pocket of someone told to turn it off or at least switch it to silent
it’s unwise to talk too much of anything unless you’ll sign and date it for the public record

try not to hesitate, if you’ve got something to say
maybe a hundred words or less on the economic failings of a former government
or another vague articulation of concern, or else about the weather
and how it hasn’t rained as much according to recently published reports
that you’ve been reading in the library computer room between recipes and social network opinion polls

really though you’re supermarket bright when you walk in
something about something
it’s like walking down every single aisle to forget what you were looking for

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