Evolution of Retail – Magdalena Ball

Today another supermarket rose
from the ashes of a fruit shop
vanished
halfway between here and there
gobbled into modernity
along with fresh peaches, handpicked pears
the blush and bloom
of careful quality
gives way to price, convenience, and growth.
The baker too
who rises at dawn anymore
to cook
handknead artisan shapes
the slow bubble of sourdough
yeast and steam
making magic
loaves.
No fish either.
rows of gleaming scales
submerged to cheap white frozen flesh
ready crumbed
easy frozen.
What we’ve lost
in multinational muscle
one stop megastores
isn’t much
taste, touch, smell
just paradise.