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Nash, Edith / Practice the here and now: selected writings of Edith Nash
(2001)

Nash, Edith
I do my shopping,   p. 38


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I Do My Shopping38
I do my shopping very carefully in this town.
I don't pick up my husband's shoes at the shoemaker's
Across the river
Until I have to go to the Red Owl next door.
And get a new book to put stamps in
So I can do the most things with the least
Driving and parking.
I often wonder about this, because I really enjoy
Driving and parking.
And when I look out over the river at night
To the white house across, where a neighbor is dying
I think how easy it would be for death
To stop by my home without going too much
Out of his way.
Going down river it would only be a little jog
After he left the white house, to cross over and come by
And then there's a long space below without any house calls to make
 Of course there might be birds or squirrels or even dogs - -~-~ - -
Waiting for him in the park.
It's hard to know what lists of errands others have.
I like to save the pieces of paper
So I can cross things off when they are done
But I'm always losing them or leaving them
Or letting the wind get them.
It's awfully hard to keep track.


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