"I don't want to be alone,
I want to be left alone."- Audrey Hepburn
I prefer to do my banking online.
I don’t answer my home phone.
I avoid going to the Post Office.
I Christmas shop on the internet.
I buy groceries in the early morning.
I still say "hello and see you later",
but I wave and always keep walking.
I like to prepare my coffee by myself.
I look for a seat by the window in the
Bagel Shop and I could do without the
Beyonce music blaring from speakers.
I’d rather not listen to the droning list of
Sports Center clichés on the flat screen
TV that’s suspended from the ceiling.
I take back roads, avoid highways,
go to dinner in the late afternoon.
I don’t want a table by old people,
babies, teens or families with kids.
I park at the back of the lot, far away
from the mess of cars that cruise rows
with blinkers in search of a front spot.
And when I come out of the stores,
each and every time, I find my Jeep
surrounded by trucks and other cars.
It’s a magnet that seems to attract
them or maybe it’s a well planned
conspiracy organized to make sure
my efforts to be left alone are in vain.