Written in 1983. Published in Yankee Magazine, September 1985:
Gertie and I.
We went to the supermarket.
We went to the lady with the microphone.
She had on eyelashes and teeth.
We told her we were lost.
We asked her to call our mother.
So she told the microphone that we were lost.
She said, "Miss America?"
Her face was twisted with a wonder.
"Your children are in Safeway.
Please come and claim them."
But she didn't come to claim us.
When the microphone wasn't looking,
we snuck off and cried in the potted plants.