Grocery Shopping: A Poem

Milk, butter, eggs and bread

On my list today.


Once in the store, cake, chips, cookies, candy

Lead me far astray.

Source

Back on track to the produce side

For eggplant, onions, tomatoes and kale;


At last I reach the bread

And find it sold out or stale.

Up and down the grocery store,

Bulging with foodstuffs galore.


At every turn, my eyes grow wider,

I want more and more.

Up and down the grocery aisles;

Resistance, alas, proves futile.

© 5-13-13 C.E. Elias

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Cute! Voted up and sharing:)


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Susan--

Wow--you're quick! I'm glad you enjoyed this piece of fluff. Thanks very much for the vote and share!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I think your poem might have been about me :) I enjoyed this! Voted up and sharing.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

I love it and that's me each time I go grocery shopping :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

How often we wish we weren't led astray while grocery shopping. Fun poem! :)


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful and I love it! Like Susan did before....up and sharing. Cheers..

Prasetio


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ vocalcoach--LOL --Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the vote and share!

@ Joanne M Olivieri--Hee hee...thanks for stopping by and sharing your similar dilemma... ;-)

@ Sunshine625--Thanks very much. I'm glad I was able to strike a chord and bring a chuckle.

@ prasetio30--I'm pleased you liked this silly bit of verse. Thanks much for commenting and the vote and share!


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c mark walker 3 years ago from Jasper Georgia

funny,interesting and timely


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

hello, c mark walker,

Thanks! I'm delighted you enjoyed the poem. I appreciate your comment.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice, great and entertaining idea. It shows how bright ideas originate in your young mind.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Why, thank you very much, pinto2011--now, if only the body was still as young as the mind...ah, lost youth. LOL I"m glad you enjoyed the poem, and I thank you for stopping by and commenting.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Dzy......Love this! You're right.....some ideas can get us writing again! I hate to grocery shop! The prices scare me and I don't like the carting out of the store, into the house...into the cupboards, rotate items, in the freezer or fridge! fold the bags.....It's a full day's work!

And I always wind up shopping when I'm HUNGRY! Number ONE mistake!...UP +


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant and voted up.

Eddy.


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Christine B. 3 years ago from Medina, Ohio

Great poem, Liz -- It brought a smile to my face today!

Thanks!! :o)


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ fpherj48--LOL, yeah, I know what you mean--it can take hours from start to finish of the process. I'm glad you liked my little offering, here. Thanks much for the votes!

@ Eddy--Thank you very much for the awesome compliment and vote. ;-)

@ Christine--Thanks much--glad I was able to provide smiles and maybe a chuckle. Good to see you.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

You're so cute . . . Voted+


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Fossillady,

LOL...thanks much, and for the vote!


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azrestoexp 3 years ago

Cute poem - voted up.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, azrestoexp,

Thank you very much for the vote! I'm pleased you enjoyed this silly poem.


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

I will have the poem printed in a calling card size that will fit inside my wallet. To be taken out and read before each trip to the grocery store to remind me to stick to the shopping list and not be tempted into buying more than I need.

It's humor and silliness also has resuscitating powers to uplift one's spirit from depressive thoughts of the spiraling cost of living as we restrain our buying spree with fiscal budgeting. After all, we aren't the free-spending government and must keep vigilance over how far we can stretch our money supply. :) Instead of sharing this poem on any social networking site, which would be good for a couple of laughs and then forgotten as people's short attention span (10 sec. Max.) move on to other new postings, I think I'll print more than one copy ( Is this copyright infringement?) to give to friends and acquaintance (probably down to less than five) who share my financial predicament.:)


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, SilentReed,

Thanks for the compliment. I'm glad you will find the poem useful.

I agree, grocery shopping can be depressing.

I don't mind if you share it...just please give me a byline as credit for the poem: " Liz Elias, ©May 2013" ;-) Because those to whom you hand it out might need to be reminded it's not public domain... ;-)

I'm flattered that you think it's worthy. Thanks much for your comment!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for reminding me in a most humorous way, Liz, not to shop EVER when I am hungry! Big mistake.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, drbj--

LOL--right--a mistake that can be fatal to the budget and the waistline.. ;-) Thanks much for stopping by; I'm glad you enjoyed!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Very cute!! It reminds me of what it is like to go shopping when I am hungry!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, Audrey,

Thanks...I'm pleased to have provided a chuckle...and I do know what you mean..I've made that fatal-to-the-budget mistake more than a few times. ;-)


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Found one disregard my previous Fan Mail lol-good work. I'll try yo pass it along. Smiles all the way through this one.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, Laura,

Thanks very much--glad you enjoyed this poetic rant.. ;-)


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

That's so cute, I love that.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, WiccanSage--

Thanks very much--I'm delighted you liked this bit of nonsense.. ;-)


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This is a great hub. It describes how the general public is not able to resist the foods that are bad for them.. It is humorous, and we need a few laughs. I really like your writing, and hope life is going well for your and your spouse. Hugs.

Audrey


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, brakel2 (Audrey)--

I'm so glad you enjoyed the silly poem. It's one of my rarer styles; I seldom am able to create rhymes that don't sound stilted and forced. Most of my poetry (tons) is in blank verse. ;-)

Thanks much for the compliment, and the well wishes!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Thelma--Thanks much--I'm glad you enjoyed this bit of fluff.. ;)

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