“Shopping While 50” by Jerry Garcia

The temptation row

of alcohol and ice-cream

are under lock and key

at the Salvation Supermarket.

A transvestite’s figure looks

better than all the women

in the produce aisle,

and spent lottery tickets

skid under my slippery soles.

By the frozen peas,

I thought I saw a woman smile at me,

but Botox had shaped her wrinkles

into a permanent grin,

the cold had made her proud,

and my hunger led me on.

Now, I wait at the checkout stand

of no regret,

fighting the urge to go back

and squeeze some fruit.

Jerry Garcia


(not The Grateful Dead musician)


  1. lkthayer · February 16, 2012

    This is a very cool poem Jerry, perfect for The Juice Bar…welcome! 🙂

  2. cognifeeder · February 16, 2012

    This is a great poem, but I can’t picture Jerry Garcia writing it. Call me naive, but this wasn’t writen by “the” Jerry Garcia was it?

    • lkthayer · February 16, 2012

      No, it’s a different Jerry Garcia, not the Grateful Dead musician…the poet Jerry Garcia. 🙂

  3. Matt D. · February 16, 2012

    sad and beautiful and true.

  4. Fred Whitlock · February 16, 2012

    Wonderful images .

  5. Jerry Garcia · February 18, 2012

    Thank you all for the kind words.

    Jerry G
    grateful, not dead!

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