Why Twelve?

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #53 – Egg
Today I would like you to write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the word egg.

The dictionary defines ‘egg’ as an oval or round object produced by females, from which young emerge, and which can be used as food. Egg is also a verb meaning to encourage, urge or incite. We have eggshell, which can be the outside layer of an egg or a type of paint, egg cups and eggnog. We refer to intellectuals as eggheads, and the aubergine is also called eggplant. At Easter time, many people enjoy chocolate eggs; there are bejewelled eggs, such as those made by Fabergé; and The Beatles sang about the Egg Man on ‘I am the Walrus’.

Why do eggs come
twelve to a carton?
With bagels and donuts,
twelve means thirteen.
I mean, I know thirteen
eggs would make an uneven
carton, but at the start in
packaging, someone decided

to make a twelve-egg container.
Why not an oval?


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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32 Responses to Why Twelve?

  1. Waltermarks says:

    That’s hard to say. You make me think outside the squares.


  2. Vivian Zems says:

    Lol!….a mystery for sure 🙂

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  3. qbit says:

    Hahaha! Great!


  4. rothpoetry says:

    Ha ha! This is like, Which came first the chicken or the egg,,, w2 or 13??


  5. kanzensakura says:

    Interesting question. Great poem!


  6. kim881 says:

    An oval baker’s dozen! You’ve posed an egg-shaped conundrum, Sara. I think it’s a short-change conspiracy.


  7. sanaarizvi says:

    Lol this is soo cool!💜


  8. Compelling question … it reminded of bakers dozens. It would be yummy to get one extra 😀


  9. annell4 says:

    A question to ponder….

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  10. Ha.. and twelve cartons is gross.


  11. lillian says:

    Love it! Wonder who did decide that????


  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    I wonder why twelve also. It would seem ten might make more sense. But then we do have 12 hours in a half day.


  13. Good point, Sara!


  14. Mish says:

    Haha…..I think a hen may like ten. Good question!!


  15. Grace says:

    That’s a good question…why indeed?


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