Poet's Corner

Bloomin’ Supermarkets

Doing the shopping at the supermarket is always a 
But queuing at the checkout is even more of a bore
A whole row of tills stretching wall to wall
But where are all the cashiers, there’s hardly any at 
all !
Ten items or less, the notice says
The woman in front must have been in a daze
Twenty at least she had in her basket
“Can’t you read” the assistant said, her voice was 
Kids are screaming, Mums starting to moan
A teenager behind me using a mobile phone
Everyone’s irritated, tutting and tense
Over the tanoi we hear ”Cream cakes, now only ten 
“ What a bargain” the lady in front shrills
O* she goes to get some, I’m one step closer to the 
till !
At last it’s my turn, I start packing in a hurry
Frozen chips,  beef burgers, chicken curry
That’ll be six pounds and .fty two pence please
I reach in for my purse and go weak at the knees
I don’t believe it, I’ve left it indoors
“Sorry no money, no goods” the cashier roars
I’ll come back tomorrow, that’s what I’ll do
Twenty .ve minutes I’d been waiting in that /ippin’ 
I go back to the car, only to .nd
My missing purse, I hadn’t left it behind
I can’t face going back – not again
Bloomin supermarkets will drive me insane !!

by Carole Payne


About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.