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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 J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. It seems like one of the most valuable things when adulting is making lists. Very entertaining to read!

  2. 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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