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Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel

by ken2shoes

While shopping for snacks at Hannaford
with my guardian angel tagging along,
I was approached by an anxious asian woman
waving a jar of Ragu sauce in the air,
as if to be asking,
what is this, what is this for?

Speaking slowly, enunciating my words,
I announced, in my most helpful voice,
that it goes on spaghetti
and began to wonder if she knew what THAT was.

Maybe I should go with her, I was thinking,
aisle by aisle,
reading the prices of chicken breasts,
explaining the difference between cookies and dog biscuits.

"Wait a minute," the angel interrupted,
“This woman,” he said, “will think you’re too bold,
and just be afraid
and what do you know, anyway,
about shopping for food, comparing prices?
You’ll screw it up
and it’s getting close to one o’clock. ”

This was his typical message, but today
I had questions
about his credentials.

Was there a shortage of angels
on the day I was born
when I was assigned this god-forsaken one?

Or is he an imposter, working for the devil,
having shot the real one, execution style,
stolen the wings,
and dumped the body in the Charles River?

“I understand your concerns,” he interrupted again,
taking my intentions by the hand,
leading me to the checkout counter
“but you do have a meeting at one o’clock.”

Suddenly an old song slid by my scanner -
“Please allow me to introduce myself…”
And I don’t know who was thinking that thought,
whether it was him, or me.





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Re: Lunch With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
by ken2shoes on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (17:14:58)
This is an old one, extensively revised.

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Re: Lunch With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
by Pujakins on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (17:49:45)
Interesting subject. I like the way you told the story. And how you expressed your feelings about all of it. I confess to being confused about the lunch part. Seems to me you are shopping with your gardian angel, yes? Not having lunch. However, maybe I missed something. Love and a hug, Tasha

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    Re: Lunch With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
    by ken2shoes on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (22:04:01)
    Thanks, Tasha. I meant the title to be 'Lunch Hour...' I did change it.

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      Re: Lunch With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
      by Pujakins on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (16:38:38)
      Wonderful! Thanks. Thinking of you and your real angel both with love, Tasha

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Re: Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
by maryanns on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (11:54:53)
Ah Ken, I so enjoyed the scenario and underlying conflict. One feels compelled to help, enunciating the words... but "what do you know"... seeps helpfully from within! I wonder how many of us might see themselves in this? Cheers, Mary Ann

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    Re: Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
    by ken2shoes on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (13:26:08)
    Thanks, Mary Ann!! Those voices, that self-talk that sometimes brings you down. I appreciate your comments!

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Re: Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
by K13739 on Sunday, November 06, 2011 (15:25:48)
What's interesting is what your guardian angel told you, that "This woman,” he said, “will think you’re too bold," I was attending some sociolinguistics lessons a few years ago and I remember a study that was done on American and Asian women. I won't get into details, but the culture is so much different.. as most cultures are. Well written Ken. I really enjoyed it.

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    Re: Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
    by ken2shoes on Monday, November 07, 2011 (11:23:56)
    Thanks, Paula - so many revisions of this one!! I appreciate it!

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Re: Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
by Zbird on Monday, November 07, 2011 (15:12:45)
I really really like this one! I love the conflict that continued to the end of the poem and the shopping. and yes, that line allow me to introduce myself was perfect.

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    Re: Lunch Hour With My Guardian Angel (Score: 1 )
    by ken2shoes on Monday, November 07, 2011 (15:19:49)
    thanks Bonnie. actually this is my favorite of all I think I have written - just because so much of me is in it.

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