The Daily Prompt – July 9th – One Man’s Trash Is…


1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc)

2. You may write in any format you see fit (fiction, non-fiction, poem, song, script, etc.)

3. Post your piece of writing in the comments section of the website to be considered for the ‘Best Of’ section.

The Prompt:

I don’t know who “they” are, but they say you can learn a lot about a person by going through his or her garbage.  That’s your prompt: write a scene, poem, script, essay, collection of words either describing a character (or two or more) going through someone else’s garbage, or going through their own garbage (why?), and what can be gleaned about this character based on the refuse… or describe what’s in your garbage can and what it tells us about you…

ex: judging by the amount of vacuumed up white cat hair currently in my rubbish bin, you might think I own a snow leopard.  I don’t.

2 thoughts on “The Daily Prompt – July 9th – One Man’s Trash Is…

  1. The last southern supper

    The honey packet that
    you tooth-tore open is dried
    to the sidewall.
    As I am open-minded

    and hard-boiled, I find it all
    amusing, cuffs butter slick,
    fat sticking like
    skin tags to the can lid.

    ringed and toilet round,
    I drown in the trashes bowels, a
    sin to evoke howls
    in an attitude any less

    bit-chin. Amidst Kentucky Fried Chicken
    bones, and among crumbled
    muffin pieces oiled by
    fowl greases and gravy, my pearl:

    the engagement ring I’d hidden in
    a chicken wing, and her note–
    then tucked in my biscuit–



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