It’s difficult to write poetry when you feel your stomach is full of wallpaper paste, otherwise known as oat bran porridge. Yes, I am trying a new diet regime to lose the  few pounds that I gained in the ‘summer’ [And a  glummer summer I have never know]  My interpretation of the regime involves a significant consumption of virtuous low-fat foods. I may not be that hungry, but my mood reflects my breakfast….dark brown and heavy.

And so I give you…


How full do you really want to be

of porridge and yoghurt and greens?

Wouldn’t you really rather be

guzzling down ice creams?


How full  do you really want to be

of  the soups  that make you fart?

Wouldn’t you really rather be

gobbling  down  jam tart?


Wouldn’t you really rather be

in a heaven of  chocolate and cheese

than a hell spread out like an endless field

of lettuce and beans and peas?


Answers please!




About rhymebydesign

Mother, grandmother, mainstream poet and short story writer. Started off in life as a teacher, but then moved out of the classroom in to educational administration. Curious about what makes people tick, including my own tickings! I enjoy long walks, thought provoking books, theatre and leading a simple life. I offer a customised poetry writing service for any occasion you might like to mark. Contact me at for a quick quote.

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