• andrew jeter

Beggar’s Choice

Updated: Apr 13, 2019

(from the SLCC Prompt: write a poem about your breakfast.)


With ten minutes before class,

I opened up

the lunchbox

you packed for me.

I was so hungry.


I extracted my breakfast

from the jumble of containers,

a tupperware of plain yogurt

with berries—blueberries and raspberries

and blackberries.


The strawberries must have gone moldy.

I know how you love them.


It was a surprise

since I had expected

one of your English muffin

egg and Tavern ham and Vermont cheddar

sandwiches with the

extra mayo.


You look out for my waist

and my health, my love.


Thank you.

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