Ode to the Plastic Merry Go Round – National Poetry Month – April 9th

April is National Poetry Month. I’m going to attempt to write one poem every day this month. Today’s poem: #9 for April 9th.

(Camilla and her mom, Patty – Easter 2024)

Ode to the Plastic Merry-Go-Round

Used for wet leaves
Gives lettuce a ride
Round and round

Why do I keep you?

Your designated space
The cabinet above the stove
Left-hand side
Pushed to the back

You have never been
Removed from your home
Above the stove

Why do I keep you?

My mom bought you for me
The second time she’s done this

Those days of minimalism
I got rid of your predecessor
Nothing personal
I got rid of car loads of stuff
My kids told friends their mom
is getting rid of all their things

Why do I keep you?

Mom came for dinner
She asked,
“Where is that salad spinner?”


She buys me another

Why do I keep you?

Just in case
Mom is over for dinner
Looking to take lettuce
For a ride
Camilla Downs 2024

**Prompt: Write a poem about an object you’ve kept for a long time, but rarely use.

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