By the way, they didn't have that pesto, Lauren!

is it okay to be proud
to not be the whitest person
in this Trader Joe's?

I keep my mask up,
and my hoodie on,
grab Persian cucumbers,
sparkling water, 
and get the hell outta there.

they didn't have the pesto
my roommate Lauren
told me to get!

my path is interrupted
by a Barnes & Noble,
but I stick to my New Year's Resolution
of not buying any new books
until I read all the ones 
on my nightstand. 

but what if you find a book
in a Brooklyn field
while you're looking down
and dodging winter?

luck is a lesson in living,
and I don't believe in luck,
but I have been stuck in kismet
since I cared to admit it.