Shopping List Poem

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Meet the bar & listen to lists”  (posted by Bjorn)


“One of my favorite techniques to write poetry is the use of lists. I find it amazing how you can create meaning from different parts simply listed after each other.”

“For example, if you just write:

an apple
a pear
and flowers
my dear

the reader (me) draws up something quite other than just a simple shopping list simply by adding the last line. To me, it’s a little bit like finding constellations from a random set of stars”.

cream cheese
protein bars

Succulent strawberries means time
for some tarts filled with cream.

Whipped cream cheese will do
for giving dogs their pills-picky,
sticky, and chesty.

Tiny potatoes, so creamy when
steamed. Maybe sautéed onions
on the side.

Must keep my protein up-energy
is in short supply. Some of the
bars do not taste like straw.

I don’t drink milk, but need it
for cereal, baking, and puddings.
Never put it in coffee.

Binging on a television series?
Netflix demands cookies in sleeves.

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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4 Responses to Shopping List Poem

  1. This sounds like a quarantine living… binging on cookies and netflix.


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    The potatoes and onions sound tasty.


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