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A Simple Grocery List

At The World Market

By Cathy holmesPublished about a month ago β€’ Updated about a month ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023
Photo by No Revisions on Unsplash

This piece was inspired by Mackenzie Davis's Grocery List Challenge. Since mine is not actually a list, I doesn't quite fit the prompt. But that's okay. Thanks for the inspiration Mackenzie.

I went to the world market

with a simple grocery list

of milk, eggs, flour, fruit

and maybe some beef.

To make myself a comfort meal

with sweets and fruits and stew.

A simple task, for a simple meal,

for a simple life.

But when I arrived,

the cherries were sour.

The raspberries had mold.

And when I slipped on the container of spilt milk,

I heard a loud boom before I hit the floor.

I saw lights flash above me,

and I swear someone was frying popcorn

in a pan as big as the sky.

Then when I looked up through the powered haze of the broken bags of flour,

the bulls were running roughshod through the market,

while lambs hid behind transparent walls

that fell like eggshell towers

into a sticky macabre mixture of mashed strawberries and cocoa jelly.

And as I watched a crying girl seek refuge behind those eggshell towers while she picked pomegranate seeds from her face,

I cried.

While the oblivious went about their business and shopped their comfort items, for their simple meals, for their simple lives,

I cried.

For that little girl,

and for the long-lost memory of my grandmother’s raisin bread.

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Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Alexander McEvoy16 days ago

    You told a beautiful story here, Cathy I’m not sure I understood it all πŸ€” poetry is a challenge for me, but I really enjoyed all of the imagery and the flow of the writing! You have a wonderful ability to draw me into your narrative and make me want to reread it just to make sure I truly savour the moment :)

  • Daphsam17 days ago

    Your words really painted all the images in my head, your have wonderful storytelling ability through poems. οΏΌ

  • Grz Colm25 days ago

    This was crazy! Could easily imagine it all! Congrats on a swell top story too! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  • Kailuabout a month ago

    List won't be forgot and the lines too

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Looks like a Top Story was on your grocery list! Congratulations!

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Sensory heights here, Cathy. This is expert-levels, Top Story-an! You're riding with the big dawgs now! Abi will be talkin' smack πŸ˜‰

  • Caroline Janeabout a month ago

    This is really, really good. The eggshell box parts are fascinating. The colours are alive. The emotion true. Well done!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    Wow, this poem has me in awe! I felt the world still for a moment as I read this! This is so beautifully written with amazing imagery!! Great work Cathy and congrats on Top Story!

  • Addison Mabout a month ago

    This was great! Loved the imagery. Congrats on the TS!

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    How frightening the world is, when we look.

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Fuck this was impactful and just truly a work of art

  • Dana Stewartabout a month ago

    Wow. I'm teary-eyed in a good way. This is beautiful. Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    wow, congratulations on TS.

  • Mackenzie Davisabout a month ago

    Woohoo, TS! πŸŽ‰

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    Congratulations!!! πŸ©΅πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    This is stunning, buddy. Just another example of your excellence. That line really hits hard. Congrats on Top Story!

  • Congratulations on your Top Storyβœ¨πŸŽ‰πŸ§‘πŸ§‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Great work, once again! Congrats

  • Lena Folkertabout a month ago

    Wow. Cathy. This was phenomenal. Like only you could make this so poignant. πŸ«ΆπŸ«ΆπŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    Incredible Cathy. You made me feel something and the taste of raisin bread is still lingering in sadness. Well done.

  • Colleen Millsteed about a month ago

    Excellent work Cathy, it’s why I order my groceries delivered now hahaha.

  • Yep, I'm the guy who undoubtedly stands there looking around asking, "What happened?"

  • Manisha Dhalaniabout a month ago

    This was something else. Grocery shopping never turns out to be what we want, but that last line broke me. Great writing.

  • Tiffany Gordon about a month ago

    Great work! Very unique!!!!

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