An Essential Worker Opines

She was waiting in line
Masked and standing on a floor decal
As I rang out preceding customers
Hoping she would land at my register
Which she did with a Fiji and SunChips
Bright eyed even through plexiglass.
“Is this a stickup?” I tried my standing joke
Not throwing her for an instant.
“Want to frisk me?” she flirted
Beating citywide claps and flight formations
By quite a stretch.

Anthony won an out-of-county Honorable Mention. An Essential Worker Opines is featured in our first official book publication, In the Quarantined Room: Reflections on the COVID-19 Experience in Indian River County, FL 2020. To find out more about the book and to purchase a copy, click here.

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