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Mrs. Beasley Packed Her Purse
Violet Nesdoly

Mrs. Beasley packed her purse
fearing things would just get worse:
gloves and flippers, skates and socks
lotion for the chicken pox
rain umbrella, steaks and fries
drops and goggles for her eyes
cell phone, blanket, tire jack
a map so she could make it back
pound of breath mints, whistle, mace
sun-screen to protect her face
shovel, ladder, power bar
a plastic cover for the car
a barbecue, a four-inch book
a frying pan so she could cook
a deck of cards, a game of chess
her handbag really was a mess,
prepared for all she could foresee
any eventuality
but worse it got, and most unfunny -
she left her credit cards and money!
This poem first appeared in the anthology, The Bad Hair Day Book: Pick Me Ups for When Life
Gets Tangled (Thomas Nelson, 2006).
Used here with the author’s permission.

Violet Nesdoly grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, the oldest of nine children. She learned early the pleasure of immersing herself in the words of others — a perfect way to avoid the noise and big-sister responsibilities of a large family. That soon morphed into a desire to try her hand at writing, resulting in publication ("way back when," Violet says) in the Western Producer’s Young Co-Operator’s page. She came back to writing in general and poetry in particular a decade or so ago and has now published two books of poems — Calendar and Family Reunion — and watched her work appear in many publications, including Capper’s, The Prairie Messenger, Good Times, Vogue Patterns, Time of Singing, and others. Her first novel, Destiny's Hands, was released this summer from Word Alive Press. Violet lives in Langley, British Columbia, and makes a practice of never leaving home without her camera. Find out more about her at 


Post New Comment:
Anne E. L. :
I just took a trip with my "Big" sister; you make me smile. You forgot: use percent off to dine with younger sister's wine-- Thanks!
Posted 10/11/2012 08:03 PM
FUN! Thank you
Posted 10/08/2012 11:27 AM
Quite fun. Nils Peterson
Posted 10/05/2012 08:50 AM
It happens to the best of us. I needed a good laugh this morning. Don't forget your keys.
Posted 10/05/2012 07:12 AM

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