One Last Muffin

Val Mills By Val Mills, 21st Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Nobody wants to be the last one picked. It destroys confidence and leaves you wondering why nobody wants you on their team.

Alone on the plate

One last muffin on the white plate
under the clear glass dome,
alone, all the others gone;
the last to be chosen, like the chubby child
unwanted in school games teams.

I started the day full of goodness and anticipation,
fresh, proudly waiting for the moment
for which I'd been created,
a hungry customer to say that one please.

I was nearly chosen toward day's end
when, almost past my best
and, she definitely past hers,
a woman changed her mind and opted
for the savoury spinach spiral instead,
leaving me alone on the plate
with only one fate ahead,
the dreaded rubbish bag.

The last customer of the day
didn't even glance my way,
she only wanted coffee.
I only wanted to be consumed
ending my short, one day life
as it was intended.
The shame of remaining on the plate
when all the others had gone,
chosen ahead of me,
made me want to shrivel up and hide.
Then, magical words reached my heart.

Do you want a muffin, he asked,
but the woman shook her head,
take it back to work he said, share it,
I'll only throw it away otherwise.

She looked at me and at the other coffee drinkers.
She smiled, unable to resist my charm,
which is how it should be.
Pride restored, my day on earth
has been worthwhile, ending as it should,
leaving the shop in a brown paper bag.

by Val Mills, 21 July 2011


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author avatar jayababy
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

I enjoyed reading this poem with a cup of coffee. Thank u, dear Val Mills

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Very clever Val. I thoroughly enjoyed this poem.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

wonderful really pains to be the last one...

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author avatar Retired
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

You remind me of how guilty I feel when I leave food on my plate, not because I'm wasteful but because of the psychological damage I must do to things in denying them their purpose in life. That poor potato was grown, picked, peeled and boiled ... and now rejected. How sad.

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author avatar Buzz
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Wonderful poem, Val. Love it.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

I enjoy reading this... especially Val, because it is the way I often think, giving inanimate objects feelings, I often find a gray day feeling lonely or an old dress having sad memories.LOL... just a wonderful poem... and a real pleasure to read this early morning, thank you!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Val, I feel your poem gives us all food for thought. Your message was cleverly portrayed in this lovely poem. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar aking1614
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Cute one, Val. I have often felt like that muffin.

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author avatar Carol
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Great Val, many thanks.

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author avatar Songbird B
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Val, this was totally inspirational! So clever, such a great concept...I love your poetry as much as I love your articles...More please!!!

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