Salty succotash and pencil toppers

Pencil topper stew
just wouldn’t do,
but that was all she had
to feed her crew.

So she went to the store
to buy some beans,
but the brand she wanted
were all bursting at the seams.

So she thought for a minute
about what to do
because bursting beans
would need some sort of glue.

The corn looked good,
so she settled on that,
and then she went home
and put it all in a big vat.

By early that evening,
she had an amazing brew,
and even though a tad bit salty,
it was still a hearty stew.

Her kids were all grateful,
and with tummy’s filled to the brim,
they all settled down
to watch some Grimm.

It wasn’t very long
before the kiddies all crashed,
so she nestled them in their beds
while they dreamt of succotash.

Before long, it was her turn
to finally drift away,
catching the midnight train to dreamland;
she was at last gone on a holiday.

© 2021 Michelle Cook

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Writing prompt: Salty succotash and pencil toppers

15 thoughts on “Salty succotash and pencil toppers

      1. Haha No! I love it! When I shop hungry, I end up piling my basket with food I didn’t intend to buy. You piled that piece with a whole bunch of goodness that made it so entertaining and funny. It’s amazing what things the mind can think with the “write” prompt. Well Done!

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        1. Lol… thanks, Will. I know what you mean about the shopping while you’re hungry bit. It’s even worse if you’re dieting. I find myself buying all sorts of things that I know I shouldn’t.

          Towards the end there, my poem started reminding me of the night before Christmas. It was such a struggle finding any likeness between pencil toppers and succotash. I’m kinda surprised I got as far as I did. 🙂

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            1. Oh come on… give it a go, bet you’ll surprise yourself. 😉 I stopped by your blog earlier and noticed it’s been awhile since you last posted. What inspires you the most?

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            2. Writing Honey Ko took a lot out of me. It was the dream of my life to write it, but I neglected a lot of other things – life, yard, house – in the six years of writing and self-publishing. I’m catching up now. It was cathartic, but it also robbed me of some of the pleasure of writing with all the emotional turmoil of reliving a formative part of my life. HK was based around my Navy experiences in Spain, the Philippines, and Thailand, and the relationships I had in those places. The main characters are based on myself and my Filipino girlfriend. The hovering, ghostly character, Susanna, was real and my late Spanish girlfriend. All the characters are based on Navy buddies and others I encountered.
              I have drafted openings to five other novels; I just need to see which one pulls at me most. I’m getting closer to picking up the pen again, though (I think “Olongapo” is the next novel – I wrote a blog post with that title 🙂
              Poetry is my favorite form of writing, especially haiku. I tend toward wordiness; poetry and haiku force me to write tight.
              Inspiration? 🤔 The outdoors mostly, especially the sea and the forest; lost love, romance, my faith, and the politicization of everything. I’m also inspired by the cowardice of Christians who think turning the other cheek means to submit and wait (Jericho blog post).
              Well, getting this out was certainly cathartic. Thank you for asking 😉

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            3. It sounds like you really poured your heart and soul into your book and now it will be there for people to enjoy for all of time. That’s the one thing about a book, it typically never ceases to exist. Even if the shelf copies all wither away, the story will move forward in the hearts of those who have read it and their retelling of how the book impacted their lives. The things that inspire you also inspire me, the sea especially. 😉

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