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The Five and Dime
by Rusty Daily

Monday, November 20, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Isn't it strange how we wonder about other peoples lives? We may wonder, but in struggling with our own, our curiosity of others is soon forgotten.

The lady at the five and dime
had that flustered
too long a line, can't keep up,
damned wrinkled bar code
look about her
and I wondered what put her here.

Mid thirties, comely, neat and clean
but a beat down look
that gave way only to
a next customer cursory smile.

What was inside the expressionless
job keeping hello and thank you?
Two more before I was asked;
Paper or plastic?

One bitched about the price of soap,
rich with indignation
and the need for his purchase.

Two wanted to write a check
twenty dollars more than the purchase.

Manager to checkout six.

I didn't mind
because I still wondered
why she was here.
What put her here?

Too many mouths to feed?
No education?
Husband out of work?
No personal drive?

I took plastic
(for walking the dog)

I forgot about her
soon after I left the store
and wished I didn't have to shop
at the five and dime.

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Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 11/21/2006
My husband was a 'people watcher' and always wondered what their stories were... good writing!

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 11/21/2006
Love the way you captured a slice of everyday life...very good piece

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/20/2006
Most interesting work of art...I do the same standing in a lane...or even sitting in my car waiting for's fun at times but very sad faces can make your own day blue...or even cheer you up...knowing you still have so much more to be thankful for!!

Deep offering if you really want to look deeper into it!!

Love Moody Tinka
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 11/20/2006
We live in an egoistic world really and the needs of others don't bother us. We have arrived at a point where if we ask about others is interpreted as interfering and prying. Lovely character study. Victor
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 11/20/2006
A sign of our times, I think. Possibly just trying to get through the day - too many hours, too meager paychecks.

First thought: WHERE do you find a "five and dime"? Woolworths and Kresges far long gone.

Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 11/20/2006
You didn't came home and wrote about it~ and I have to agree with CJ~ you have a good heart~Rusty...
Hey...Five and dime? Do they still have them around? LOL!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by CJ Heck 11/20/2006
Excellent slice of life vignette -- shows you have heart, Rusty-friend. Well done.
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