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Robert Okaji: Postcard from Pandemic

They stack their cart with essentials:

frozen garlic, six packages of grilled 

mushrooms, fifteen cans of garbanzo

beans, three bottles of truffle oil and 

enough alkaline water to float a fleet

of dinghies. There is, alas, no hand

sanitizer, no toilet paper. You must 

decide, he says, between the jar of 

organic marinara and the 2% milk. 

Weighing need against desire she

chooses the sauce, then selects a

bundle of the brightest daffodils.


Robert Okaji is a widely published poet who is currently working on the front lines at a grocery store in Indianapolis.

7 comments on “Robert Okaji: Postcard from Pandemic

  1. bejamin4
    March 18, 2020

    Agreed. Awesome ending!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. E
    March 18, 2020

    Beauty before existential crisis for sure. Hmm..toilet paper daffodils? 😉 Hope you’re well and good Bob.

    Liked by 2 people

    • robert okaji
      March 18, 2020

      It could come to that, though I managed to score a small pack of tp yesterday. We’re all fine here, and hope to stay that way!

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Lynne Burnett
    March 17, 2020

    Love how this poem ends!

    Liked by 5 people

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