Here’s another poem written in response to John Osborne’s supermarket poetry exercise. It’s great to see the variety of responses to this exercise and all the places that poems end up from the seemingly mundane starting point of the supermarket.
Could Jane take a pan and brush and bucket and cloth to aisle two please. A jar of strawberry jam has been dropped. I thought you would be best as I know you have a youngster prone to vomiting so are good at cleaning up.
Your little one is three now, isn’t that right? Four-&-a-half years on from when we were an item, tho’ I had quickly realised we wouldn’t be right for each other really.
But I was surprised when James moved in so soon after and more so when I found out you were to have a baby together straight away; it was one of the things we crossed words about.
Could someone please go to aisle 4 before I give up the mic – and stop me from buying any more if I try to.
Here’s a poem by Roger Waldron written in response to John Osborne’s writing exercise. We welcome submissions of poems written in response to any of the writing prompts or exercises on Poetry Non-Stop. You can submit poems here.
I met my love in the supermarket carpark. She was reversing her vintage Hillman Minx with such confidence I had to stand and applaud She locked it and threw me a glance asked if I’d seen enough or would I like to see her do her weekly shop and make comment on the cleaning products she’s considering before she made her final purchase I asked if I could push her trolley She asked if I’d got a pound She smiled as I adjusted my pockets held my hand and led me down the bright lights of the toiletry aisle
Choose an aisle in a supermarket and write a poem about it OR write a poem with the title ‘A Supermarket Just Before Closing’.
Visit a supermarket you don’t usually go to or go at an unusual time
Make a list of words associated with supermarkets
Write down memories, observations and other experiences associated with supermarkets
Think about how these experiences relate to other parts of your life
We’d love to read any poems you write so please send them in here for a chance to be featured on the blog or podcast.
John Osborne writes stories, poems and scripts. His poetry has been broadcast on Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 4, BBC 6Music, XFM and Soho Radio. You can purchase A Supermarket Love Story here with illustrations by Katie Pope