Cereal Breakdowns

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Writers' Pantry #43:  Sunday Morning Cereal  (posted by Rommy)

"Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! It may be something in the weather (or just the crazy that is 2020) but I’ve been finding myself reaching more for comfort food.

I’m thrilled that this indulgence hasn’t affected my weight at all but paired with a good cartoon has helped lift my spirits when needed. I’ll be sure to have some handy when a new run of Animaniacs comes out next month. How do you like to indulge your inner kid?"

Never liked rainbow cereals,
they left the milk a putrid shade
of pink–only good in lemonade.

Shredded Wheat tasted like straw,
dry haystacks too soggy in milk.
Even frosted, they'd still wilt.

Raisin Bran Crunch is nice,
keeps crispy, makes you chew.
Cinnamon-pecan Special K will do.

Funny how our tastes do change.
Tony the Tiger, no longer on top,
nor is Snap, Crackle, and Pop.


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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18 Responses to Cereal Breakdowns

  1. Helen Dehner says:

    Oh yes, aging and changing tastes .. I eat Museli now♥️


  2. Rall says:

    I remember snap crackle pop as an ad on the radio. Unfortunately I remember every word of it. THis ear worm is going to be with me all morning. Thanks 🙂


  3. Gosh, does anyone even manufacture Rice Bubbles any more? Can’t recall seeing them for ages and ages – but then I’m not looking. Special K for me too, nowadays. I haven’t seen cinnamon and pecan here, but we do have fruits of the forest and another nutty one. I like a bowl of porridge in the winter.


  4. Lisa says:

    I hate cereal that gets soggy! I never cared for, and probably never got as a child, any pre-sweetened kinds. I recall my father ate shredded wheat, the full-sized ones. Never understood why! All I know now is cereal costs way too much, and I base what I buy on what’s on sale. I refuse to pay $5.00 for a box of cereal!
    Cute poem. Certainly brought back memories!


  5. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    So while I mentioned Life cereal as an indulgence, it is absolutely not an everyday thing. (Too sugary! But that makes it a good dessert or guilty pleasure snack.) My every-day regular is a dense, sugarless, whole bran and flaxseed mix, far better suited to my current stage of life. But OK, I do have some thawed out frozen blueberries I sweeten it up with.


  6. I can’t stand milk. So the vivid description in the first stanza nearly made me gag. Very effective imagery.


  7. Beverly Crawford says:

    Ever try to walk down the cereal aisle and try to find a cereal without sugar? Impossible! Enjoyed your tutorial on cereal. Brought back memories!


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