Up and down, side to side,
Round and round,
Is how my life goes!
After losing the bank card,
2 weeks ago,
Changing bank, and obtaining a new card—
I found myself, again,
Unable to pay!!
I’d decided to test out Apple Pay,
Since I now have a card as backup,
But Apple Pay still does not work,
So screw that, I’ve given up on it,
It was fine, though,
Because I had the card—
Except I didn’t!
Am I losing my mind!? Again?
Back in the car, drive back home,
Quick look around,
Race against time…
No card, no card, no card,
Again, no recollection,
Of ever misplacing it…
Back in the car, quick look around,
In the torchlight,
My final visual memory of both of those cards,
Had been using them to pay for food…
Unusually-so, two days ago—
I’d used chip-and-pin,
Since it was over £30…
The same both times— because of lockdown!
That has to be it!
For months, I’d only been paying using contactless,
Because I’d made it a habit to make multiple trips,
—I’d needed the excuses to get out of the house,
And knowing how my brain works…
I knew instantly, I’d fallen prey to habit,
And these last 2 times, using chip-and-pin,
I must have simply left my card in the reader!
Back to the supermarket,
30 mins before close,
All the lights are red,
The slowest driver ever in front,
I’m back at the shop, information desk,
“Hi, can I help?”,
“Yes, I’ve left 2 bank cards here within the last 2 weeks”,
And sure enough, they had the latest card,
But not the first (had been over 48 hours),
And here I was, 48 hours after leaving that new card!
5 mins of bureaucracy,
Come on, this is idiocracy…
Got the card, back to the checkout,
Pick up my shopping, which had been set aside…done!
And this is how my life has always gone,
Many convoluted adventures, much time used,
Simply trying to get the simple things done!
And then re-doing them,
Just for fun.