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Secrete Ingredient

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Secrete Ingredient

Written Nov. 10, 2012

Gail’s Note:  Not for the Faint of Heart
                      Rated PG-13 (Poetic Grossness – 13 out of 20)
                      What part of this is true?  
                      Answer posted at the end.                   		

I was at the hospital.
It was a quarter past two.
I was waiting for my husband.
There was nothing to do.

The emergency was over.
His gall bladder was out.
He was coming back home
Better off, no doubt.

The next day our daughter cooked
A special meal for her dad.
To celebrate the ending
of what could have been sad.

Instead we were all at the table
Treating my hubby like a star
When he eyed the counter
And asked, “Where is the jar?”

My daughter’s eye caught mine
And she instantly knew
That this was no ordinary
Meat and Potato stew.

She ran into the bathroom
Her face turning green
As she quickly zoomed
Bypassing  her scream.

And while she was retching
I quickly followed behind
And while she was queching
I spoke to ease her mind. 

“Your meal is bladder free.
The jar’s on the garage shelf.
Come, look with me.
You can see for yourself.”

And when she saw the jar
Her eyes met mine.
I could tell she was beginning
To feel just fine.

She went back to the kitchen
And I did some retching myself
Because I had just fibbed
About that jar on the shelf.

The bladder in that jar
Was an old one of mine
And dad’s had been cooked
With potatoes, carrots, and wine. 

So the moral of this tale
Is to say, “Thanks, but I’ll pass,”
When given a memento of yourself
From the hospital staff.





Answer:  Person who had the gall bladder removed was my cousin.  The hospital really gave him his gall bladder to take home in a jar.  He really set it on the kitchen counter. (Ugh!) His wife made him move it to the garage.  

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  1. Date: 1/5/2014 9:19:00 PM
    Gail, .... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. A nice way in starting the year:)- Goodnight poet friend <3 =LINDA

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 1:11:00 AM
    Hi Gail, Thank you for spreading and sharing your kindness. You know me I’ will always enjoy stopping by with love and support, no matter if I do not Understand what I am reading at times. I am very grateful and thankful to all who have been supportive of me one way or another. Your heartfelt words are the main attraction of who you are… Thanks for your inspiring visit. ----- Happy Thanksgiving ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 5/7/2013 7:30:00 PM
    Aye, you've an interesting wit o'pen indeed. SeaWolf

  1. Date: 5/7/2013 3:26:00 PM
    really good, but shocking just the same, it brings back memories of having my gallbladder removed in 2006 but never got it home with me!! well done, have a blessed day, Gordon

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 6:24:00 PM
    oh my gosh, that is sure horrifying. yes, LET HER THINK it was not true. Gosh, what an interesting story!!

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 3:17:00 PM
    : )

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 2:47:00 PM
    but also kinda nasty btw

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 2:46:00 PM
    Wow, this poem is spectacular, by far one of my favorites I have ever read (and I'm not just saying that). Is it published or what? It's really good, and you are extremely talented... I've read some of your other poems as well. You should visit my site: poeticpossibilities.tk ! I think this poem could have a really good chance of winning one of our contests! Wish you the best with your poetry and I hope you get published! : )Jacob Cramer

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 3:49:00 PM
    goodness..OH MY Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 5:56:00 AM
    Oh my goodness! I sure am glad that this didn't really happen-- imagine if it did-- but you got me anxious over here, reading this--- I really enjoyed this Gail! Very good tip at the end btw-- I will keep that in mind! Thank you btw for reading my poems-- that means a lot that you took the time to read and leave such nice comments...Enjoy your weekend!

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 10:06:00 PM
    This is great and also hilarious, I enjoyed the reading so much :) -Hug, yanny

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 4:47:00 AM
    This is brilliant! It's indeed a very good poem which I enjoyed reading today, Gail! You made me smile. Thank you for sharing and your congratulatory comment on my poem! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 2:54:00 PM
    Creative work..This shows that a catchy poem can be written about most any topic or on about any theme..Thanks for your visit to my work..Your time there is greatly appreciated..Sara

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Love the humor in this one, Gail. There is no cannibal in me - retch! Love, daver

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 7:11:00 AM
    Just lost interest in breakfast:-) Glad it's not all true! Enjoyed...John

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 9:35:00 AM
    I totally agree with Owen's assessment! LOL Loved it... hugs, Jack xox

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 1:32:00 PM
    Wooow.... in to the garage.... Very well written Gail. - - Have a wonderful week. - - oxox / / Anne-Lise ::

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 12:21:00 PM
    Hi Gail on the grossometer 9 out of 10, on the laughometer lmao, very good write and even better advice, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 1:27:00 PM
    Deinitely PG, but I liked it. Partly true, huh?! Interesting experience. Hope all is well with the husband.