This column is dedicated to one of the highest art forms in the sphere of human communication—Poetry. Nothing is nobler than the expression of human emotion. All poetry is perfect, no matter what the format or the background of the poet. A voice is a voice. With poetry, you get more than words. You get rhythm, you get sound, you get silence, you get mood—you get emotion. What more can you ask? This column is also dedicated to all the people who have ever lived, those here now, and those yet to come. God bless the poets among you. They carry the soul of the world.

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Ode to a Grocery Bag

Ode to a Grocery Bag - The brown paper grocery bag, for many years the only grocery bag, is still, for many, the preferred method of transporting groceries from the store to home. Use it wisely.


My wrinkled friend that I adore
I met you at the grocery store
You volunteered to help me out
So I loaded you with Joy and Shout

I dropped in peanuts, cereal and jam
Then made you bulge with leg of lamb
You seemed surprised when I came near
With pretzels and two quarts of beer

You did not flinch or wail
When I added the bottle of ginger ale
I lifted you with all my might
I knew that something wasn’t right

A cracked egg on top sprung leak
Your bottom became wet and weak
As time and gravity flexed their might
You fought to keep your seams held tight

You did your best that day, my friend
We almost made it to the end
Your paper gave way as we neared the car
I heard the crash of a peanut butter jar

After the salvage was complete
And the parking lot was clean and neat
I looked at the broom and cleaning rag
And vowed forever to double bag

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