Watching the Woman

by Rich Boucher

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Watching the Woman

I observe the horn-rimmed woman
at the grocery’s incandescent checkout line.
I watch as her hand reaches through the air
for the pink, naked issue of Cosmopolitan
on the rack by the hair-having man cashier.
Using my vision, I look on as the woman’s fingers
turn the magazine’s cup-sized breasts around
so that the glistening, risqué model on the cover
is facing the rack and not the outside world.
I watch this woman’s dark eyebrows furrow
as she turns yet another magazine around.
And yet another. And yet this woman.
I watch her and watch her all over her.
I watch her turn every magazine
with a young, bouncy woman on the cover
around so that there is no sweet valley, no cleavage
on display at the innocent, virgin checkout
where little children do their shopping.
Her thumby paw reaches for the last magazine,
the one on the bottom rack nearest to the floor.
I reach for it also, meeting her eyes with mine.
Don’t do anything foolish, I whisper to her,
I’m still looking at this girl right here.


released November 16, 2014
This poem by Rich Boucher was first published in Vol. 1, Issue 1 of Cake & Grapes Magazine. All incidental sounds and effects by Rich Boucher.



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Rich Boucher Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rich Boucher is a performance poet whose poems have appeared in Adobe Walls: An Anthology of New Mexico Poetry, Fickle Muses, The Rag, The Malpais Review, Crack the Spine, Menagerie, Clutching at Straws, Shot Glass Journal, Mutant Root, Sparkbright, The Mas Tequila Review, Borderline, The Legendary and The Nervous Breakdown. ... more

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