Priorities #FoundPoem

With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s nice to live in a small town where people have their priorities straight.

Bread. Stale bread. How much is a person, a people, a society expected to endure, eh? Some brave soul broke the code of silence and called the anonymous call-in line at our local weekly newspaper. I think Anonymous Caller speaks for us all.


by Anonymous Caller

This is in response to
the person that called in
and couldn’t buy a loaf
of fresh bread.
I’ve been going through
the same thing
for three years.
I thought it was just me,
then I found out
it was not.
I’ve went to this store and that store,
tried that brand and this brand,
it’s always dried out,
like it’s been out for three days.
I too would like to know
what’s going on
with the
bread situation.


My dear late sainted Grandpa used to say, “Half a loaf is better than not loafing at all,” but that hardly seems to apply here, does it? Sorry, Anonymous Caller. All I can suggest is that you take time out from prowling the bread shelves and learn to bake your own. It ain’t that hard.

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies on the topic of food in heraldry.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about bread.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Priorities #FoundPoem

  1. Dan Antion

    October 10, 2017 at 7:05am

    My grandfather used to say “it’s the best thing since sliced bread” or was that “bottled beer” – but neither are good stale.

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  2. joey

    October 10, 2017 at 3:17pm

    I can’t say I’ve ever eaten stale bread in my life, or if I have, I can’t tell? Like even some old, dried out pumpernickel is still good with some butter…
    I bake about 50 loaves a year, buy plenty of Bunny, sourdough, nine grain, or baguettes, never encountered this.
    Is this a real problem for people?
    What is stale bread?

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      Marian Allen

      October 10, 2017 at 5:51pm

      Stale bread is old, dried out bread. Anybody who can’t find a good use for it just isn’t thinking hard enough, amIright? Hello, bread pudding?

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    October 10, 2017 at 5:16pm

    People just LOVE to complain about something. Anything will do. But to write a letter to the newspaper, which can do absolutely nothing about the bread or its expiration or use-by dates seems to take the cake. Bread. Whatever.

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      Marian Allen

      October 10, 2017 at 5:53pm

      That’s the problem: This is a call-in line, so people don’t even have to take the time and trouble to frame and pen a letter; they just dial the phone and spout off. I shop at Jay C. If their bread was any fresher, it would still be raw dough.

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