A Mark at Sainsbury’s – Carl Alexandersson

A Mark at Sainsbury’s

it was by the bananas
and then again
reaching for a loaf of bread
that we were told to step apart.
covid guidelines, of course,
but the straight couples
could shop away—

there are times I forget
that our lives will progress
like this:
glass doors shutting between us
at every other building.

I am tired, Mark.
you made me remember
just how much.

Carl Alexandersson (he/him) is a queer spoken word poet and writer, based in Edinburgh. He was selected for the BBC Words First programme in 2021 and his work has been published in Ink Sweat & Tears, Capsule Stories, Impossible Archetype, and more. Twitter: CarlAlex97 Instagram: caarlalexandersson

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