Poems · September 2017-TBD

“To Do List…”

“Lost List” © C.P. Hickey 2017

“To Do List…”

It is said that St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes.

Does that include lost shopping lists?

First thoughts upon finding an abandoned shopping list include, but are not limited to:

  • Who’s getting married? Did they make the right decision? What bakery will bake their cake since they are a same-sex couple?
  • What kind of bread is needed? Rye, pumpernickel, French?
  • 9-volt batteries fit snugly into fire alarms.
  • Cheese gets moist and runny if left to its own devices at room temperature.
  • small tomato sauce is, small.
  • string beans are either delicious, or taste like nothing.
  • Why “paper towels only”? Wouldn’t a box of tissues be nice too?
  • tuna? oil or water?
  • salad, fruit, onions (are these separate items or is it a salad of fruit and onions? also, tomatoes are fruit.)
  • only one thing on the list was crossed out.


What happened to the person,

that made this shopping list?

Abducted at the storefront,

before items were missed.


Did the table at the wedding,

notice they weren’t there?

Did a fruit and onion salad,

suddenly appear?


St. Jude’s been checking Google Maps,

for traces of this soul.

A crumpled list was left behind,

requesting a paper towel roll.


We can’t discover what was done,

or, all that’s left to do.

The inconclusive list shown here,

provides the slimmest clue.


When next I go to corner store,

I’ll check the carts to see.

Perhaps, the cart’s items will show,

the list’s author to me.




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