Good Intentions

Written for:  Weekly Scribblings #70: Listmania

"Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! For this week's poetry prompt I'd like us to think about lists. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to compose either a list poem or prose piece that incorporates the idea of a list."   (posted by Rommy)

I make lists.  I even
take them with me.  As
soon as I enter the grocery,
the list becomes the lesser
part of my shopping purchases.
An example:  I wanted to make
pork fried rice.  I needed a
new bottle of soy sauce, an
onion, some scallions, and
ground pork.  Fruit was first,
then a vegetable that looked
particularly fresh, though
it would not be by the time 
I used it.  A box of cookies,
a chocolate bar, jar of jam,
and my list items . . . all
except for the ground pork.
I ground up some chicken
cutlets instead, and promptly
sliced my finger on a
food processor blade.
Glad to have some frozen
Amy's dinners to fall back on.

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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10 Responses to Good Intentions

  1. Lisa says:

    Oh, that’s so good! And familiar! I use physical grocery lists too, and manage to forget things! Just yesterday my trip was to pick up a prescription. By the time I’d bought cat food, and been distracted by the buy-one-get-one free items, and the discounted yogurts, I’d forgotten why I came!


  2. Beverly Crawford says:

    I find a recipe I’m sure I’ll make, shop for the items …. and never seem to get around to making it! This results in a cabinet full of oddities!


  3. Helen Dehner says:

    It took decades for me to appreciate the wonder of a good / great list! Now why is it I can never simply stick to it ?!? Help! Great list write, Sara.


  4. poetrybydebi says:

    Impulse shopping… but it looks so good on the shelf. My mother always said “Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry.”


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