Making Groceries

Leave the children at home, but wear your pajamas
Comfort is of the utmost import
Scout the lot of the best spot; circle a time or two to be sure
Select a cart that glides smoothly
Nothing worse than one with a limp
If you must use a disinfecting wipe for the handle
Toss its remains into the trash Michael Jordan style
Begin your quest in the potato chip aisle
Potatoes are a vegetable
Use the full width of the aisle when deliberating over a selection
Sample any item you can before purchasing
Particularly produce and in the olive bar
Replace the ripe bananas in the discount bag with fresh ones
Cold and frozen items are best selected last
But a little sour milk never hurt anyone
To check out go to the shortest line
Ignore the cash only and ten items or less signs
Ask the person in front of you if you can go first
Do not retrieve your credit card from depths of your purse
Until the cashier asks how you would like to pay
If the card is declined, try another, if that one is declined
Empty your purse on the counter in search of cash
When you determined how much money you have
Ask the cashier which items you will need to put back
Refuse to part with the potato chips

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Day 19 of the NaPoWriMo Challenge. Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today’s challenge is to write a kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse.

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