At the parking lot of a store, 
a man was unloading something
from the back of a truck. 
He turned around and shouted at me, 
repeating something as if he's chanting.
I couldn't make out what he was saying.

A woman drove by and heard the shouting.
"Oh, it's closed, right? Thank you." 
She said, rolled up her window, and drove away.

So he was shouting, "closed, closed, closed" 
to indicate the store was closed. 
I went to the door and saw the posted sign,
"due to electric outage, our store ..."

Why couldn't I understand what the man was shouting about? 
I thought my English is good enough for that;
I thought my hearing is not bad; 
Is my friend correct that I am not paying attention? 
I live in my own cocoon, my reciprocation slow, 
my understanding lacking.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s