Grocery Run

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December 22, 2022 by The Citron Review

by Kelli Short Borges


Zip to Safeway toddler wailing hand her iPad turn on Blippy need milk roll up windows lock doors walk fast walk faster appointment at 2 can’t be late, jog now, sweating—record heat wave, rush into store run into neighbor hi there hey hello how are you good thanks but so damn hot did you hear about Sheilah so sad yes horrible, glance at watch goodbye have to go, repeat to-do list, forgetting something, what? Oranges. Really late now, warp speed $5.50 please thanks have a good day rush to car retrieve keys open door remember what you forgot. Scream.


Kelli Short Borges is a writer of essays, short stories and flash fiction. A former reading specialist in the Arizona public school system, Kelli is a life-long reading enthusiast. Her work has been published or is forthcoming at MoonPark Review, The Tahoma Literary Review, The Sunlight Press, SoFloPoJo, and Ghost Parachute, among other publications. Kelli is a 2022 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Nominee. You can connect with her on Twitter @KelliBorges2



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