Spontaneous Packing


What is a list poem? This poetry style collects a list of people, places, things, ideas, or even words strung together somewhere within a poem to form a list. It is not necessary for the list to rhythm, but the words used should be memorable. I find the freedom when creating a list poem fascinating. The wordplay can be wild and free similar to Indiana weather in the early spring. Therefore, in March, I plan to write a series of list poems. I will title this one Spontaneous Packing.

Spontaneous Packing

Lift the suitcase off the top shelf in the closet.

Remember we’ll only be gone overnight.

Rooster, on a whim, put down a deposit,

So now it is time for you to take flight,

On a day adventure in the midst of a pandemic

The first thing you need is a change of clothes

That will have to be sweats because of physical therapy

Pack the black ones because you like those

A toothbrush and paste you wrap in plastic carefully

Two face masks to protect us from the epidemic

A hairbrush, prescription medicine, and a book to read.

A knight gown and robe in case there is a fire.

Shampoo and a dozen items you probably won’t need

Stuff you through in the luggage out of desire

Forgetting a change of underwear would be tragic

Now that you are packed and ready to go

It is time to hit the open road in our Chevy Spark

Twenty miles from town wouldn’t you know

We forgot something essential and it is past dark

Forgetting the underarm deodorant is no reason to panic

Even though our trip now has an unanticipated start,

Somewhere down the road there is always a Walmart.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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