What’s in my pocket

Josephine Corcoran hosts a new challenge to write about “What’s in my pocket” (or bag)


A lady’s handbag must be stretchy
to hold all she needs today.
Mine’s home-made in patchwork
with a very long strap.
It holds
a hanky,  red leather purse, cheque book,
pens galore and note books;
fully charged Kindle
in blue crocheted bag,
or failing that a paperback
in case I have to wait;
red passport, scruffy bits of paper
with ‘phone numbers but no phone,
old till receipts and shopping lists
but not the one for today ─
that one’s at home on the table.
Small point-and-shoot camera
in a red crocheted bag;
Natispray in a grey cotton cover
in case my heart plays tricks.
That’s all I can remember
but if I could be bothered to get up and look,
I’d probably find much more.


This all reminded me of a song I learned as a child.  I can’t find the words on line, and there’s a small gap in my memory …,so if anyone can remember the missing bits, I’d be
very grateful. 

Mister Brown went out of Town along with Mrs B
and all the little Browns too,  for a fortnight by the sea.
It’s quite absurd the luggage Mrs Brown would always take,
you’d always hear old Brown exclaim  as they went out the gate …

…. Why not at all my dear, she said,
There’s just a large trunk a little trunk,
the youngster’s trips and spades
a leather bag, a carpet bag, a box or two for the maids,
brown paper parcels – there were only two or three ─
and five little girls and boys and they all belong to me.

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9 Responses to What’s in my pocket

  1. Love this, Viv. I have many old crumpled up grocery lists everywhere. The fact that I have moved to a smaller bag, has had no effect on the junk factor.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Nope, can’t be helpful, Viv, but I’m impressed with the amount of gear you tote about. I tend to travel light wherever possible and I almost always forget the list 🙂


  3. The Kindle/book thing made me smile. Every reader’s bag (or pocket) contains a book of one sort or another.

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  4. Gerlinde says:

    My phone , wallet, kleenex, pills, a ziplock with bandages, a brush, old shopping lists, some coupons that expired, 2 or 3 pens, a lipstick, my house key and I just downsized to a smaller purse.

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  5. katechiconi says:

    Let’s see… My home made large black, pink and orange floral job contains: Mobile phone, notebook and pen, wallet full of plastic and just a little cash and a few stamps, hankie, glasses case with either sunnies or the other ones, depending on the weather, keys on a long string so I can always haul them up from the depths without having to excavate, hairbrush, lipsalve, pillbox with extra pain pills and some lactase tablets, old scrunched up shopping lists, a folded up large nylon shopping bag in its own built in pocket, folded up mini umbrella (it’s the end of the Wet, after all), and currently, a prescription I need to get filled today! I’m sure there’s other stuff, but I can’t call it to mind just now.

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  6. tialys says:

    That all sounds very normal!

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  7. Glad to see you have a pen and notebook! (I’d expect no less). Thanks for joining in. Let’s see if others are tempted! – Josephine


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