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The Check-out Line

Updated on March 5, 2011

Standing in the Check-out Line

I marvel at how she is so fine.

Try as I may, I just can’t find,

The perfect “check out line”.

With charm and a smile,

I watch her gracefully bag,

Other shoppers’ purchases,

And my heart begins to sag.

I try to think of magical words.

To draw the extra smile.

It’s such a feeble attempt,

To woo and beguile.

It's right down the street,

And I do need some yogurt.

So I make the short trip.,

A little more can’t hurt.

She stands there for hours.

I hope she wears good shoes,

She needs some comfort,

As she shoos away my blues.

And as I wait and ponder,

This walking, talking dream,

I hear such beautiful music,

As she’s simply bagging some ice-cream.

“Hi, how are you today?”

She asks as my pulse lifts.

She has no idea of the joy she dispenses,

Or the pleasures of her other gifts.

“I’m fine. How about you?

Will you be able to enjoy this sunshine?”

I ask and she hasn’t a clue,

Of how she has blown my mind!

“I hope to play some Ultimate Frisbee,

Maybe later in the day.”

Darling, I will catch anything,

That you’ll ever throw my way.

Oh, dear me,

If there wasn’t a crowd,

And if I had the courage,

I’d say it, out-loud.

I stand there,

Straining, for words to say.

Futilely I stand there,

With jumbled words in my way.

“Did you find everything okay?”

“Is this debit or credit?”

I found you, music, the stars.

If only I had the courage to have said it.

“It’s a debit.

I hope you get outside to play.”

I’d catch your Frisbee with my teeth!

Is what I’d like to say.

She smiles and punches our buttons.

“It’s really pretty out there.”

Oh dear, you are a charming girl!

God, I love your hair.

“Would you like a bag for that?”

“Thank you dear, I have one.”

I hope she touches my hand,

When our transaction is done.

“You have a good day,

And hurry back!”

Thoughts flood my head,

But not of yogurt in a sack.

I soak in her smile.

Thoughts permeate and swirl.

My day is completely occupied,

By the lips of the check-out girl.

She’s a goddess at the register,

And she is, indeed, sublime.

I’m wearing a pathway to her store,

Stocking one item at a time.

But this yogurt will not be enough.

The fat is very low.

I’ll make an errand for bananas.

And one more for some “nuts to go!”

~Micky Dee~

Arthur Dodge - Checkout Line


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Christopher. Yep bud - whatever it takes. She'd have to throw it pretty easy now though. I may have to have a "soft" frisbee "spin-off". God bless bud.

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      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      I don't know how I missed this, but I am sure glad to have found it today.

      This is so..."cute". I am smiling like a big ol' house cat after a saucer of milk.

      Funny thing is I can relate too. There is a young girl that works in a little store in town that is too pretty for the movies or to's goddess or nothing! Every time I see her I spend the next couple of hours wishing I could be 21 years old again for awhile.

      I never thought of catching her frisbee in my though until now, but I'm game!

      Thanks for the warm and fuzzies. This is a great poem.


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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Oh now Randy!

      Thank you Granny's House. I think that train has sailed! Or that ship has left the depot! God bless!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Micky, very nice. Well done. I think you should give the check out girl an copy of this poem!

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      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      This was so cute Micky. I can think of few guys that make me feel this way. The cuter they are, the shier I get. :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      God bless you Story. Yes ma'am, and in a way we wake up to "tsunami news" every day.

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      7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      You are so sweet, Mikey!

      I love how you play with words,

      twisting meanings from nouns to verbs.

      And that song, what a mellow way

      to begin the day,

      considering I awoke to tsunami news.

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      7 years ago from In the energy.

      Hey Mickey. There have been alot of checkout girls in my life. I always wondered if they knew the effect they were having on me. Sometimes I can be so hopelessly funny to myself sometimes. I really liked the flow of this and think it would make a great song. You play guitar? Thanks for being here buddy. ~peace~

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Enchanting. "She smiles and punches our buttons..." Love how you weave your wishes into observations of the everyday. Never thought bagging ice cream could be music, but then love sees things differently.

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      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice poems that should serve as a great lesson to guys.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      O Micky. You are funny. Don´t know how you managed to write such great verse about a moment in time like that. l can see you shopping in future, one item at time .

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Really great as usual Micky - made me wish I was the check-out girl!

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      7 years ago

      So you, Micky Dee! :D I once had a crush on a check-out guy. His name was Sam. ahhh...the memories.

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      Laura Arne 

      7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Mickey Dee

      If she was smart ; she would feel your heart

      So warm and loving are you;

      go back to the counter for stew

      If she does not take affection at first

      There will be a time when your love she will thirst

      Your a an awesome man;

      don't be too shy

      Together in check out heaven you two will fly

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Micky,

      Beautiful, words and music from a beautiful mind.

      Take care


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Micky - what a delightful poem. I love this line: "I found you, music, the stars If only I had the courage to have said it." You have the heart and soul of a lover. And the good luck to need to waste no gasoline making all those trips for items one by one!

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      7 years ago

      You have the ability to make her smile, just be who you are: a naturally gifted commentator! This is sweet, she would be flattered to know you wrote it.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Mickey, ask her out. Whatever you do, don't take her to another grocery store on your first date!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas least you won't present her with chicken necks like the guy PegCole remembers! One up for you!! 50 Caliber's advice about checking to see if she is married is a good one! Lots of free advice here for you dear Micky! :)))

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Ooooh. This paints a different picture of my part-time job at Food Fair eons ago. I remember one guy used to wait in my line even when other lanes were open. But he always bought chicken necks. eeuuuwww. Perhaps for some voodoo ritual? I liked him anyway :)

      Lovely poem and beautiful song - I'd never heard that one. Peg

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      7 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      I like that very much. Thats cute.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Great one! I never like those do-it-yourself checkout lines at the grocery store. Human interaction is so much nicer. And your action -- oo-la-la!!

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Through your eyes the lady is beautiful and adorable :))) I bet you wish you were forty years younger?

    • toknowinfo profile image


      7 years ago

      Another enjoyable read! You put a smile on my face! Thanks.

    • Amy Becherer profile image

      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love BobbiRant's take on things. Has me laughing out loud. Convenient, indeed.

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      7 years ago from oregon

      I"m with Will on this one, but if you've got the time to waste, what the hell!

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Oh Micky this was such fun. She will notice you one day for sure, be brave and use your poetic words on her. She is probably waiting for YOU to make the first move! Good luck.

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      So charming, so sweet, so perfect. It's sad that so many things go unsaid. I wonder how many people would have a whole different, more upbeat, happier, more confident demeanor if they knew how much their presence affected another's life? Go on, Micky Dee, make her day!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Micky, Why not take a chance and ask her, she might surprise you. Show her your poetry, that will do it!! Loved it.


    • Hummingbird5356 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice poem. Actually, Micky, many people go to the shop just to talk to the person at the checkout. Sometimes it is the only person they get to talk to the whole day. Over a period of time they get to know each other through short conversations, but it is not a real friendship, it just makes the day not so empty and sad for the person who is going home to an empty house.

      With your poems you like to provoke many different responses from people. I think you are not one of the lonely ones.

      Hope so anyway. Regards HB

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      7 years ago from 41042

      Brother Micky in love with a bag lady, good for you. I have a beautiful girl with red hair that makes my trip to the grocery just wonderful! Peace!! Tom and Justin

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Micky, What a beautiful flirtation. I love this poem.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Mic', gotta give you credit for persistence! Get a grape and wait in line and set it there and ask her if it's OK to buy them one at a time in an attempt to get her to let you buy her lunch or even dinner. Pull a sneak attack first and ask another store employee if she's married first. Heck chasing them seems as I recall more fun than catching them, not to mention cheaper, good luck! Peace 50, oh voted you up.

      PS, got a page that comes up on my google reader that show cases writers for the day, you and WillStar

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Micky and the cashier setting in a tree...

      You sound as silly as a school boy, must be love, you must embrace love so dear for the practice of lust is something to fear it will leave you lonely with thoughts less and less pure go ahead and speak loudy the words you've outlined so clear. Love fully and live fully.

      The poem is beautiful I hung on your every word!

      :) Katie

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nothing is more fun and a bigger waste of time than an infatuation!

      Good one Micky!

    • BobbiRant profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      When I was single I remember guys actually hitting on me in the grocery store. That was kind of fun I must say. My luck they were probably serial killers but heck there's more would be romance going on in grocery stores and convenience stores than I ever imagined. Giving the word 'convenient' a whole new meaning. Love this hub!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hopefully that check-out line girl will begin to see the wealth of spirit and goodness emanating from you and wish to spend some time with you. A picnic outside together on her break perhaps? How about giving her a small flower that can be pinned to her uniform bringing a bit of the beauty of the outside into the store? With your poetic will find the words. Best wishes! Rating this beautiful. :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      This was so good, Micky, I felt your "check-out girl" infatuation from here.

      Just as Ken advises, go back again and again and your "register love" may soon sense your loving thoughts. Buy several items instead of just one so you can linger longer.

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      7 years ago

      Do I smell romance in the air for our main Micky brotherman? Indeed ti's so as they whisper untouched melody into each others ear. Oh how the heart longs and the lines diminish and we reach the check out booth and once more hear our hearts thumping faster for the beauty that awaits us behind that check out time. I can feel the love in the air Micky. Keep going back bro, she will eventually get the message and see it in your eye.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A little diddy about emotions whirled over a checkout girl.;)

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      7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ...saaaawwweeeeet....that was so good!

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      7 years ago from New York State

      Brother man you need to keep your eyes off those check out girls, they will make you do cart wheels and give you the chills. OOh what a thrill.

      God Bless Micky this was cute.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Rated way up, love you, I am the check out girl in disguse...

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Mic, this is so cute, I enjoyed everyword, I was wishing for you to catch the girl walking hand and hand down the street together, on your way to picnic of yougert and wine. Indeed we dream and wish, fantastic hub I rate up up up love & peace darksi

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Oh I love this Micky. I can see the two of you. You fidgeting at the register. Great poem.

      Voted up and awesome.


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