Paper Me This . . .

Sears Catalogue dreams,
turn to shit
placed in the outhouse.

Reams stacked high
like people’s dreams,
waiting to tip.

Cat clawed rolls
piled in heaps.

Bits and pieces
thrown in anger,
confetti tossed in joy.

Like so much,
paper’s all in the using.

De is hosting Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe! Today, we’re to use the word “paper” or a form of the word (not a synonym) within our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. I had a bit of fun with this one.

23 thoughts on “Paper Me This . . .

  1. De Jackson March 21, 2022 / 3:09 pm

    I love this, Lil. Perfect combination of poignant, with a little humor.


  2. merrildsmith March 21, 2022 / 3:23 pm

    The many uses of paper, for sure! (And I’m so glad I don’t have to use an outhouse with a Sears catalog. . .)


  3. msjadeli March 21, 2022 / 3:24 pm

    It’s definitely a ninja tool isn’t it. Very enjoyable read.


  4. Beverly Crawford March 21, 2022 / 3:48 pm

    Waltzing with reality!


  5. sarahsouthwest March 21, 2022 / 4:08 pm

    A Sears catalogue sounds a bit…shiny?…for an outhouse! Love this list poem.


  6. Glenn A. Buttkus March 21, 2022 / 4:14 pm

    During the pioneer days, catalos all found their way to outhouses. I’ve even seen a few phone books serving the need.

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  7. lynn__ March 21, 2022 / 4:31 pm

    Ha! Necessity is the mother of invention, they say!


  8. Ingrid March 21, 2022 / 4:49 pm

    A great, down-to-earth (closet) use of the prompt, Lillian!


  9. Grace March 21, 2022 / 5:45 pm

    Those were the days. And yes, paper has so much uses (I still use them to write).


  10. rogblog666 March 21, 2022 / 6:10 pm

    this tickled my funny bone. great use of the prompt.


  11. K.Hartless March 21, 2022 / 8:19 pm

    Oh man, another chapter, another roll. 😂 Good reminder to not take things so seriously. Thank you.


  12. Callsign Ain March 21, 2022 / 9:11 pm

    This throwaway world….poetry of serious substance….wonderfully scribed..


  13. Raivenne March 21, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    Paper’s all in the using. This made me grin, good use of the prompt.


  14. Gillena Cox March 22, 2022 / 11:31 am

    As crude and rude as paper gets. Bravo!!!



  15. ben Alexander March 22, 2022 / 11:54 am

    I was going to write about how much I love your poem, Lillian, but then I got to the photo of the out house, and now I have to write that I love how perfect that photo is for this piece – I got a real kick out of that!



  16. D. Avery @shiftnshake March 22, 2022 / 11:58 am

    The picture can inspire dread as well as relief. What is behind door number 1?/2?
    Love the poem, the tipping balance of paper dreams to shit. Brilliant.


  17. writingwhatnots March 22, 2022 / 6:10 pm

    Love this – the combination of humour and metaphor.


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