shopping list

"plates
bread
pita
raw cheddar
apple juice
4 avos
tomatoes
cukes
mung
napkins
alfalfa s.
a. tuna
split peas
fruit
bananas
carrots"

what's "mung"?
I like lists
especially when they are written in pencil
upon a small and unevenly-torn
piece of paper.

"mung".
it's not in the dictionary.

when she comes in I
ask her.
"look, what's this 'mung'?"
"what 'mung'?"
"it's on your shopping list..."
"oh, that?   that's mung bean sprouts."
"oh?"
"what did you think it was?"
"I don't know.   that's why I asked."
"bean sprouts," she said and walked into the
bathroom...
Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1977