“Distinctive” by Cristine A. Gruber

It was interesting to note

that the DVD collection

was not only perfectly lined up

but alphabetized as well.


But it was another thing entirely

to notice that the spices in the kitchen

were likewise placed in alphabetical order,

in a long, thin rack, on both sides of the stove.


There they were in matching uniforms

of clear glass with white lids,

all perfectly aligned,

labeled to declare their purpose.


False appearance of the same packaging,

for all were different on the inside,

ranging from white to yellow, to red to brown to black.

All labeled, yet all serving a different purpose.


Praise for the advantage of a clear container,

the ability to see through,

to perceive past the labels,

to bear witness to the inside.








Cristine A. Gruber has had work featured in “North American Review,” “Writer’s Digest,” “Writers’ Journal,” “The Endicott Review,” “The Penwood Review,” “Thema,” and “Westward Quarterly.” She has been a featured poet in Writer’s Digest for National Poetry Month. Cristine studied Literature, Philosophy, and World Religions at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is a member of The California State Poetry Society and The Poetry Society of America. Her first full-length collection of poetry, “Lifeline,” was released by Infinity Publishing and is available from Amazon.com. Cristine loves great pasta and fine wine, long walks, and good books. She continues to reside in Southern California and has two grown children.