Encounter in the Checkout Line

by Rachel Emmanuel


Underneath my
blinged
cotton shield
Swarovskis
painstakingly hot-glued
one by one
exact replica of the
Pinterest image
saved under
Modern Beauty

I lifted the corners of my lips
unseen
He nodded
eyes lowered
Long lashes above curved steel
silhouetting his
chiseled bridge
shrouded in
cheap blue paper
bought by the box
of fifty

Postured on 
assigned circles
large enough for
two feet
Invisible border walls
protected by conscience
Six feet apart
A world away
Distances that
dare not be crossed



Rachel Emmanuel is a New Jersey resident, part-time book reviewer, and full-time wife and mother. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about God, life, love, and the human condition. Stella Bellow is an illustrator currently attending Parsons School of Design in New York City.