I painted my toenails red

for the first official day of summer.

I tried to buy an Almond Joy candy bar

for my husband,

but the candy aisle had everything else,

so instead I picked up a new prescription

for him,

and a salve for myself which my doctor said,

"Put it on everything that irritates you."

(60 grams, not nearly enough,

even when applied sparingly).

On a whim, I purchased a Boston Fern

for my front porch; the tag showed

on the care meter, it was between delicate

and resilient, tolerant of light and shade.

The cashier said they never die.

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