When we lived in Edinburgh, we paid our local Tesco supermarket weekly visits. So, I can easily imagine how surprised I’d feel if I chanced upon one of the mystery poems that Metro UK recently shared.
In the bakery aisle of a Coventry Tesco, a vigilante poetry-lover left a surprise. There, near the bread, was a printed poem appropriately entitled “Bread,” by W.S. Merwin, a prolific modern American poet. It begins:
Each face in the street is a slice of bread
somewhere in the light the true hunger
appears to be passing them by
Elsewhere in the store, at the butcher’s aisle atop a piece of venison for sale, another poem appeared. This one was entitled “Deer” and came from “A Bestiary,” by Kenneth Rexroth, as the note helpfully explained.
Deer are gentle and graceful
And they have beautiful eyes.
They hurt no one but themselves,
The males, and only for love.
The Cannon Park store is located close to the University of Warwick campus and some have speculated that students could be behind the messages. Still, one can’t help but wonder what a police might do with them: would a salt and buttering charge stick?
Wow, that was interesting! 🙂
Gives one ideas, doesn’t it? 😀
Yes, actually, some interesting ideas. 🙂
Must have been like discovering a gem with the groceries!
Well, that’s certainly different. 🙂 — Suzanne
Lol – yes, not something you see every day 😀
Someone had fun writing these creative poems.
There’s only so many agent rejections a poet can take 😀
It’s brilliant when a member of the public (or employee) thoughtfully makes “helpful” suggestions to the local grocery store on the latest in “food” to feed the masses….(sigh)….gotta love the poetry, definitely food for the brain and soul. Now, if only someone could flavour the paper, add a few minerals and nutrients – there just might be a chance it would really take-off as the latest thing since, well, sliced bread 😀
Ha ha – you may be on to something 😀
I love it when people are so creative. It costs nothing and switches up the day. 🙂
Hear, hear. Gives one ideas, doesn’t it?
I doubt social commentary would attract the attention of the local authorities. However, after your pun… you might be on a wanted list somewhere.
Well I am just back from the local Tesco super-store in Dereham, and not a poem in sight. I spent almost £90, and went down all the aisles too. (Except ladies’ clothing)
I shall be complaining to the manager, forthwith.
Best wishes, Pete.
You really should, Pete. It’s a disgrace, is what it is.
“a salt and buttering”! Oh, that’s terrible! And wonderful! Worthy of Stephan Pastis! LOL