By Jeffrey Zable
No, I wasn’t a conquistador who sailed into uncharted territory,
but I was with my wife the other day at a Safeway that we’d never been
to before. And unable to find the same yogurt that I always purchased
at other Safeway’s, I asked one of the workers why they didn’t have it,
and he said that not all Safeway’s were the same. That you could find
some of the same foods at different Safeway’s, but not at all of them.
And though it wasn’t an easy decision, I decided to try a new yogurt,
which made me feel I was on a voyage of discovery. I only hoped
that it would turn out to be a pleasant discovery that would prod me
into changing some of my diet, as I tended to eat the same old foods
day after day. . .
Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music
for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction,
and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies.
Recent writing in Bye Bye Nite, Ink In Thirds, Defuncted, The Mark, Fewer than 500,
Former People, Rosette Maleficarum, Tigershark, Spelk, Alba, Corvus, and many others.
In 2017 he was nominated for both The Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.