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The Poetry Of List Making – My List Of Lists

I am a huge believer in lists. I make them constantly. At the moment I have lists of subscriptions that still need moving over to the new address, people to invite to the wedding, chapters that need writing, books that need reading, jobs to do around the house and things I really need to buy from the supermarket or I won’t have any lunch tomorrow!

Oooo… the chip shop is next to the supermarket and if I leave before seven I can have chips for tea… sorry tangent.

As I was saying, I’m a huge believer in lists and I use them a lot. They help to keep me on track –  somewhat. So, as today’s discovery prompt combined two loves, lists and poetry – [almost wrote chips there, I’ve apparently got them on the brain now] I decided to have a crack at writing a list poem.

It’s a little outside my normal style, but hey! It’s a discovery challenge. [Also, list now looks like it’s spelt completely wrong whenever I re-read this post. I’ve written it way too many times.]

My List Of Lists

There are lists tacked to every wall in this house:



-if it’s empty load it

-if it’s full switch in on

-if it’s dry empty it

– if it’s running – leave it ALONE!

– Check the sink – the man likes to hide stuff there.

They keep me tethered, lifelines for a sieve more like a memory or a memory more like a sieve… one or the other.

Living Room

Feed the fish.

– Check other hasn’t fed the fish

-Feed the fish or leave fish alone depending on other’s answer

-Check on the shrimp

-Don’t trust his beady eyes.

They keep things moving along the right lines, the right tracks. Tick box footsteps.


– Write

– Write

– Write

– Write


They are in every pocket, ever bra strap, every drawer and alcove.


-Sort into colours

-admire your sorting skills

-eventually move to washing machine

-shift piles around floor to make it look less

-finish a week later than intended

-start fresh batch

They are always incomplete.


This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Accidentally Single says

    I like list but I have a bad habit of putting them on post-it notes. Before I know it, they are everywhere lol.

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