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Monday Poetry Prompt: Leftovers

This week let’s write a leftover poem. Maybe you have leftover food, leftover scraps from a craft project, or leftover lines you’ve cut from a poem. You know what to do. Post your leftovers in the comments below.

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Opinionated and sarcastic writer, editor, poet.


23 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Leftovers

  1. My take on the prompt is here on my blog: https://jeanmarieolivieri.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/leftovers/

    For newcomers to our site, if you decide to write to one of our prompts and post it to your personal blog, we would still love to read it. Please feel free to link to a prompt poem in the comments.


    Posted by JeanMarie | December 4, 2020, 3:20 AM
  2. Afternoons are long, desolate hours
    Reminding of another failed attempt,
    At preserving leftover memories, scattered
    In the breeze, stark against the sunlight.
    Like a noose tied around the neck,
    Tight and unyielding, time flows slowly.
    Yet again, an afternoon begins, repeating
    Steadily the loss of today, until tonight
    Weaves in again, finally putting to sleep
    The mind that cries in despair, darkness prevails.


    Posted by Shruba | December 3, 2020, 6:31 AM
  3. Just posted my Leftover Lament, https://bartbarkerpoet.com/2020/11/30/leftover-lament/

    It starts “Here I sit / in the back / of the fridge / waiting”

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Bartholomew Barker | November 30, 2020, 9:17 PM
  4. Dad’s Odd Socks (Leftovers)

    I found an odd sock of yours,
    with holes undarned,
    a practice abandoned this side
    of the Sixties.
    I laid it out on the bed,
    the wide span of your foot
    exactly like mine.
    Then a whole suit
    with flared trousers,
    the one you wore at our wedding
    back in eighty two —
    it was like corduroy even then.
    A box of radio magazines,
    some solder and an iron;
    pastimes never passing on to me.
    And a razor abandoned
    on the day you died, whiskers
    as grey as my own are now

    Liked by 4 people

    Posted by Francis | November 30, 2020, 10:03 AM
  5. Because of sugar being my nemesis
    I had to banish it from the premises
    It’s not a choice I relish, though
    I have to do it to keep blood sugar low
    The numbers game is my motivation
    but I’d like to banish it from this nation
    Chocolate is a special love
    I like the products called of Dove
    So I decided, I will not deny
    I made a big ole chocolate pie
    Instead of sugar, I used a sub
    it’s worked pretty well with tastes I love
    But oh the dismay when I took a taste
    crunching the sweetener I made a face
    Now the pumpkin is gone, it was a success
    but the chocolate still sits in the fridge, I confess
    My sweetheart will eat it and say it tastes great
    what a grand choice I made when he I did date
    But I am going to make a decision, though rash
    the rest of the pie is going to be trashed

    Liked by 4 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | November 30, 2020, 9:11 AM
  6. Leftovers
    arlene s bice

    Take note:
    leftovers are looked forward to
    just as much as the original event
    yum for sliced turkey on toast with mayo
    a bit of mayo on a cold scoop of dressing
    next to chilled orange-cranberry sauce
    more flavorful for having infused,
    that snack at midnight is heavenly

    like people who didn’t win
    somehow become more in touch,
    sensitive, considerate, thoughtful
    developed in depth to define self
    have extra to offer of interest to others
    as a result of the earlier experience
    of being leftover, not a first placer.

    Liked by 4 people

    Posted by purplestoneblog | November 30, 2020, 8:43 AM

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