imagine my surprise
when i went into a tim horton’s
order a dozen bagels
of a random variety
after the counter person put them into a bag for me
a random worker
from the drive-through section
“my customer wants a plain bagel and that’s the last one!”
and proceeded to try to reach into my bag to retrieve it.
all i could say was
“hey, those are the bagels that i just bought!”
with her hand in mid-air
at all of us
standing in front of the counter
went back to the drive-through
without another word
without another plain bagel
i wondered if that had really just happened.
yes, yes it had.
“i’ve said this before, and i say it again.
bagels can be an enormous power for good or for evil.
it is up to us to decide how we will use them.”