Today’s response to MURI’S 2020 CHALLENGE FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. Like the 2019 challenge, this consists of 13 prompts, one for each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April. They can be completed in any order. If you are interested in participating, click on the above link for the prompts and posting guidelines.
Prompt #5 is “Use the theme of ripening in a poem.”
Ripening is a word I associate with fruit and late summer. Fat tomatoes from the garden, luscious melons from the farm market, peaches, pears, and apples straight from the orchard. This time of year, fruit is found at grocery stores. It’s picked before its prime in some faraway sunny place and cold-shipped to Ohio. “Cuties” are generally good, and bananas and avocados will ripen reliably on the counter, but I steer clear of the other stuff. In the pre-COVID-19 world, hubby would sometimes accompany me to the grocery and toss things into the cart when I wasn’t looking—Cocoa Puffs, Oreos, a six-pack of Negro Modela, and occasionally, fruit. I can abide with kiddie cereal and cookies and beer. Bad fruit? No way.
The poem is a parody of This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams.
I have put back
that were in
the grocery cart
you were probably
they were hopeless
and so hard
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