Food Lion, August 2, 2020

by Tracy Donohue

I see only eyes
above the masks

no full faces

until I see the man
without a mask
at the check-out lane

like a different species

firm jaw
around seventy

so very tall

he radiates
a confidence
that comes
from being saved
by myths

a slight smile rests
on his exposed face

such sureness dazzles me

he gazes at me
with half lidded eyes

with a dog’s tilted head
I stop and stare

I want to bark
to tell him
there is danger
to take cover
but he wouldn’t
the words
through my
muzzled mouth

I trot away

I don’t look back

Tracy Donohue is a retired professor of Theatre Arts. She lives in North Carolina with her husband Morton Stine. Along with writing, Tracy enjoys kayaking, singing, biking and reading. Sally Lelong is a visual storyteller working in a variety of media that lend themselves to use in a conceptual framework. She lives and works in New York, and routinely exhibits her work in a variety of settings from print to thematic installations to street art.

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