Behind the counter

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hair clips
hair brushes
toothbrushes
toothpicks
lipstick
bleach
a tray of bottles of nail polish
bottles of correction fluid
plastic alarm clocks
ballpoint pens
balls of string
brightly coloured pegs
double A batteries, sold individually
incandescent light bulbs
torches
condoms
sachets of instant coffee
jars of mustard
tinned meat
lemon juice
jam
flour
toilet paper
clogs, in plastic wrappers
exercise books
washing tablets
washing-up liquid
packets of children’s crayons
candles
nail clippers
nail files
buckets
cigarette lighters
tissues
thumbtacks
disposable razors
cans of deodorant
tubes of superglue
packs of playing cards

Everything has a spot,
on shelves that go up to the ceiling.
I cannot stop looking at it.
I am certain that it isn’t art.
And I am equally certain
that it is.

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