Holiday Shopping

i’m in one of these
highfalutin, hoity-toity
high luxury, high price
fashion malls a shopping

why am i here i ask
it’s the closest mall
to where I’m staying
it’s convenient i answer
i’m also looking
for a specific gift
a fat leather wallet
a surprise for my wife

her reliable, tan, leather
wallet with a thousand
compartments finally
fell apart after many
years of wear and tear

she looked in many places
for a proper replacement
but after three months
she has not found one
like the one she loves

there are
specifications, requirements
that must be met
i understand, i’m quite proud
of her for i am the same way

the wallet must have
many slots for many cards
not just the credit kind
but grocery, pharmacy
and the non-credit list goes on

the wallet must have
a built in change purse
with a zipper to access
those nickels and pennies
to hand me at cash registers

there must be a large
cash compartment
not just for cash but
also for coupons
to save dollars at the registers

finally, the wallet must not
zip close but a leather
strap with a snap
for closing it up
is a mandatory must

therefore my search
is nearly done
after visiting ten stores
in this expensive place
i think i found one

it had a price tag
that did not make
me gag too much
the salesperson will
hold it for me

for my wife is also in the mall 🙂