Shopping Habits

Written for:  Poetic Asides #330 – Write a shopping poem.
For today’s prompt, write a shopping poem. I’ve been doing a lot of the “traditional” shopping lately with a bunch of big family dinners and such, but remember: People shop for husbands, shop for good music, shop for people with similar interests, and so on. Happy shopping for a good poem!

Mom never grocery shopped
with a list. Psst! We never
shop without one. Rule of
thumb in our house is, three
items or more requires a list.
Not saying we do not go off-
script. Odds and ends find
their way into the cart. At
checkout, no doubt, I will
be surprised at his indulgences,
and he at mine. It’s fine.
While I pick up things
as I see them, my husband has
a hard and fast rule–non-perishables
first, refrigerated second,
and frozen foods last. Does not
matter if you cross the store
twice. If the cashier is slow
or the line too long, he has
been known to put the ice cream
back. Makes me think of my dad,
who whisked milk off the table
as soon as it was poured, visions
of spoilage dancing in his head.
He never shopped with a list either.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Shopping Habits

  1. Kathleen Kittleman says:

    Love this..can just see John running to the fridge with the ice cream.

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