SUZANNE ROBERTS e fir Th st intercom announcement is that they no longer take mo ney. Your dollar, t s hey say, are usele ss. e lo Th oting begins. Everyone rushes the aisles, stealing Guatemalan co e ff e, Puerto Rican rum, Chilean sea bass, Fren ch wine. Another announcement: No mo re produce will ever be delivered—you must le arn to eat only what you can gro Ow u. tside , January snows cover granite. Meanwhile, a frenzy in produce— I fill my pockets with Brazilian tanger ines, Mexican radishes, Ecuadorian aspara gus. A man with a shirtful of broccoli flo rets shoves me out of his way. Rounds of iceb erg, scallions, and parsley fly through th e air. Pumpkins and pineapples are weaponr y. I leave produce, head for canned goods. I fight an old woman for the last can of t una. For my cats s ! he cries, prying my finger s from the can. Another woman runs p ast with an armful of fancy canned peac hes. She stumbles, falls to her knees, cans w obble silver in the murky darkness like suffocating fi sh. e fl Th uorescent lights dim, then flicker, like theater lobby lights, indic ating the end of the intermission.
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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