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My Brown Paper Bag Lunch

Updated on January 20, 2013

Two heels of day-old bread,

Cost-Cutter grape jelly,

smooth peanut butter

sandwich in a baggy.

Brown banana,

stale pretzels—

my lunch

in a brown paper bag.


The kid next to me has a

Scooby Doo lunchbox

complete with thermos of

Campbell’s Chicken and Stars,

butterscotch Snak-Pak pudding,

pre-packaged Lay’s potato chips,

a fresh roast beef sandwich

with tomatoes and lettuce

from a deli uptown.


I don’t ask to trade with him.

My lunch tastes better

because I made it,

because I put it

in a brown paper bag.

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      JJ Murray 4 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I have tried without success to get my son to use brown bags for his lunch. He prefers to stuff it into his book bag using plastic grocery store bags.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      The time honored and dear old brown bag that we had in school lunch, will be time honored and a tradition. Though it may be simple and common, so represent Americana and the down to earth people who use it as a conveyance of such a wide variety of useful things, besides lunches. Forget the nice lunch boxes and thermos, its the love and true choices that help make it so well appreciated now and in our own past memories. God bless you little brown bag, where ever you may be. A bag well received, thanks. whonu.

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      JJ Murray 4 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      My mother made us make and freeze a loaf's worth of PB&J each Sunday evening. She did let me buy milk. This was a long time before juice boxes. A good day was when the paper bag didn't stain or leak.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Great remembrance of our days in school. This poem brought a smile to my face, thank you. Jamie