A Broken Crockpot

A Broken Crockpot
A Broken Crockpot

A Broken Crockpot


The Cat is the Criminal


The cat is the criminal

who will run away from crime

to stare as bystander

hide all signs of guilt.


Broken ceramic snapshots

breakproof houseware demise

due to excessive frolic

these sneaky cat ways.


Painted when manufactured

black around brown ceramic

broken and left in a pile

these poor left overs.


Remember the slow cooked meals

pot roasts and mashed potatoes

a stewed vegetable gravy

first memorable meal.


A slow cooked chicken

whose essence is used for broth

steams while simmers in my mind

joy of cooking slow.


Many years and many meals

sit simmering silently

onion and garlic odors

fill nooks of my home.



Crockpots and Relationships


A batch of green lentil soup

a spicy three bean chili

a memorable lasagna

so many dinners.


I think upon my sly cat

his role in catastrophe

maybe a new beginning

will start when broken.


From safe place on the counter

the broken crockpot sits still

after surviving divorce

specific trauma.


Once crockpot was left behind

in a disheveled ruin

ten years of family life

now in piles of junk.


Silently tread through garbage

tried to save some nostalgia

contractor bags full of trash

still crockpot stood strong.


What seems strong can still shatter

even sturdy objects break

after years of thoughtless words

or careless actions.



Just Buy A New One


Crockpot you’re so parent full

slow cook daily through my youth

this broken pot relative

a long family line.


A sturdy kitchen fixture

provides meal through disaster

if not too shattered itself

years of good service.


So the cat is forgiven

pick up ceramic fragments

dispense in the public waste

disinfect counter.


Just drive to the store for new

crockpot removed from a box

regain composure in time

to cook meals again.


A way to share forgiveness

slow cook savory pork

taste of Worcestershire Sauce

on the BBQ.


Come have a meal with us here

in my home there is plenty

let’s share each meal with a smile

and crockpot prayer.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

4 thoughts on “A Broken Crockpot

  • May 3, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    I love this Jamie. I have items that have been in the family since I was a child and been passed down. It is shattering (pardon the pun) if one is broken. Thanks for sharing.

  • May 26, 2021 at 10:03 PM

    Hmmm … thinking of broken shards. I once broke a crockpot and made an abstract wall hanging from the broken ceramic pieces. Glad to know you forgave the playful cat. Well done, Jamie.


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