Jack Prelutsky

(8 September 1940 / Brooklyn, New York)

Deep In Our Refrigerator - Poem by Jack Prelutsky

Deep in our refrigerator,
there's a special place
for food that's been around awhile...
we keep it, just in case.
'It's probably too old to eat,'
my mother likes to say.
'But I don't think it's old enough
for me to throw away.'

It stays there for a month or more
to ripen in the cold,
and soon we notice fuzzy clumps
of multicolored mold.
The clumps are larger every day,
we notice this as well,
but mostly what we notice
is a certain special smell.

When finally it all becomes
a nasty mass of slime,
my mother takes it out, and says,
'Apparently, it's time.'
She dumps it in the garbage can,
though not without regret,
then fills the space with other food
that's not so ancient yet

Topic(s) of this poem: food


Comments about Deep In Our Refrigerator by Jack Prelutsky

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (6/11/2016 1:21:00 PM)

    It is indeed a great fun to read Jack Prelutsky's poetry but this one is exceptionally hilarious. The poet has taken a cue from day to day life. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/14/2016 9:13:00 AM)

    When finally it all becomes
    a nasty mass of slime,
    my mother takes it out, and says,
    'Apparently, it's time.' (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona Stephen Katona (5/12/2015 8:33:00 PM)

    You've just described how we use our fridge...terrific poem (Report) Reply

  • David Lessard David Lessard (12/13/2013 9:00:00 AM)

    I'd say it's way past time, Jack. Thanks for the humor. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 13, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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