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To Toast Or Not To Toast
Jeanie Greensfelder


I’m making toast.
Do you want some?
 he asks.

I look up and say, Hmm?
I had a late lunch. I’m not sure.

My husband shakes his head.
He throws his hands up.
It’s not a declaration of war,
it’s just a piece of toast.

He stalks off.

He returns and says, I’m sorry.
I forgot how your brain works.
I ask a question and you answer:
Well, it’s March, but it’s Friday.
Is it raining? Let me think.

I look up and say,

Yes, I’d love a piece of toast.

From Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith (Penciled In, 2015).
Used here with the author’s permission.



Jeanie Greensfelder is the author of Biting the Apple (Penciled In, 2012) and Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith (Penciled In, 2015. Her poems have been featured on Writers' Almanac and American Life in Poetry. A psychologist, Jeanie seeks to understand herself and others on this shared journey filled, as Joseph Campbell said, with sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows. Jeanie lives with her husband Andy in San Luis Obispo, California, where she volunteers as a bereavement counselor. Read more of her poems at



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Posted 05/11/2016 01:01 PM
love it. linked to this poem today:)
Posted 05/11/2016 11:37 AM
love this!
Posted 05/11/2016 10:13 AM
A poetic bulls~eye! Thanks for the AM smiles & sweet resonance.
Posted 05/11/2016 09:50 AM
Just read some more of Jeanie's poems. They're amazing. Learned a new word 'epiphyte'
Posted 05/11/2016 06:41 AM
Thx for the smile with my morning coffee.
Posted 05/11/2016 06:10 AM
Sarah Russell:
Yup. That's the way it is at our house too.
Posted 05/11/2016 05:27 AM
I'm still laughing!
Posted 05/11/2016 03:11 AM

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