Burrito: Poem

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Burrito


By

Justin W. Price



(first published in the Rusty Nail, Dec 2012)


For extra money, dad

would buy fallen trees

and chop them up into firewood,

to sell by the cord.


I was about fourteen

when he picked me up from school

dressed like a lumberjack.

Red flannel. Brown beanie. Ratty jeans.


I got into our van

And saw a wrapped up crunchy burrito

sitting on the dashboard.

I looked at him

and I looked at the burrito.

I looked at him.

I was very hungry.

I asked him where it was from.

He told me,

“who is it for?”

“For you,” he said

“I don’t like that restaurant.”


I was very hungry.


Dad ate the burrito

He said it was good.

I was still very hungry

As we chopped wood.




all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W price October 2011

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK is FEATURED IN BEST NEW WRITING (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, Literary Juice, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, THE WHISTLING FIRE, SEE SPOT RUN ANDTHE BELLWETHER REVIEW.

HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Angela. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this :-)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Good story!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I will tel you, Ardie, I hate waste. It infuriates me, especially when it's food that's wasted! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

The wisdom of this is something I wish my kids would learn. Be appreciative of what you have - dont be so dang picky! Or you could end up with nothing instead of a sad second best.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

HippieQueen, Indeed, I'm sure there is a moral. but I'm not about to preach or point one out. Thanks for reading1


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Interesting, interesting, I'm sure there is some moral there, like the hungry one eats the burrito, while the picky starve? Voted up and funny.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you stessily. I agree!


stessily 5 years ago

PDX: Your father gently modelled gratitude and thoughtfulness in this episode. I sensed that he is still alive; I feel that it would have conveyed a different mood otherwise. It is a tribute --- a living tribute --- to your father; those are the best tributes.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ Neny, I agree, he was. He's also very sensitive, like me, so it probly hurt his feelings. Thanks for the read and the comment!

@ Stessily, thanks for th ekind words and critique. Very helpful. Fortunately, my father is still alive so I've shown him I appreciate him in other ways


stessily 5 years ago

It's interesting that you narrated this compelling memory without expressing directly your emotions in retrospect towards it. Emotions are sensed in your presentation and your style. Your retelling is short and to the point, but much is said in the space between each word. I see in the comments that this memory has haunted you. I think that your father would be very touched to read this, and he would not want you to continue to be bothered over it. I agree with you about not wasting food; a plant or an animal dies to provide food in this world, and until I can survive on air, I refuse to waste food. Thank you for sharing this memory, which in a way is a tribute to your father, in such an effective style.


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nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

I think your father had tried to teach you a lesson of gratitude. I have learned what my parent did to me was good for me but I was so naive. Thank you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thansk jami. I agree. Kids are narccisists and leeches. So wasteful! Obviously, I was guilty...


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Hahaha , im sorry , i couldnt help it , it was funny , and your dad , to me ..did the right thing , in my family , you either ate what mom or dad had or you went without ,and i raised my kids the same way . They (kids) dont buy the food , in fact they dont do anything BUUT use up things that costs money , so what right do they really have to pick such luxuries as "where " to eat? ! lol my kids were never harmed , but it taught them to respect simple things that are overlooked , such as the almighty dollar and how hard it is to comeby sometimes. I voted up !and useful and interesting :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Tooms and smog, thank you. I wrote this because the memory of this incident has haunted me for years. I can't believe how ungrateful I was, especially when my dad was just doing what he could to help the family. Oh well, live and learn.


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

(giggle, giggle, giggle) My dad was like that too - smile!


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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I must be very lucky, my kids (and husband) will eat just about anything I throw in front of them (warning: do not take a nap in front of them if they are hungry). :o) Love the hub, Guy. Entertaining as always!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@Racin- I think that seems overly dramatic, but adults do sometimes diminish the hopes and dreams of adults. Thanks for reading.

@Crescent- thanks for reading

@Ama- it's interesting because one of my pet peeves is picky eaters who waste food. I tend to blame the parents. I'm not a parenjt and if I was, I would tell me kids they eat what's on their plate or they don't eat. That's what I do with my niece and nephew.


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AmaTainted 5 years ago from Texas

this is funny! i have two picky kids and yes, they get it from me... when they were much younger, id cook a meal and they would turn their tiny little noses up at it and almost demand i make them a separate dish. after a short time of hearing them complain, i would and this made my husband angry beyond words. he finally told them. "no intelligent person would starve with this much food on the table!" needless to say, they learned to eat what was offered.

voted UP.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Voted up my friend. I had an experience like this before with my grandparents. :)


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

as a child we already have a well developed intuition on what we want in life...yet, adults extinguish that intuition...and put it at the lowest totem of our mind thus diminishing our self worth...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

i do love pork n beans, but i do hate taco time ever so much.


Sueswan 5 years ago

I don't like pork and beans. I remember as a kid complaining about being hungry. My dad would tell me to have some pork and beans. My reply was, "I don't like pork and beans. He would reply, "Then you are not really hungry."

Voted up.

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