Defrosting the Freezer

By Ralph Fletcher b. 1953 Ralph Fletcher
One container of spaghetti sauce
Grandma made before she died.

Two old pieces of wedding cake
you couldn’t pay me to eat.

Three snowballs from last winter
slightly deformed, no longer fluffy.

Four small flounder from the time
Grandpa took me deep-sea fishing.

Everything coated with a thick
white layer of sadness.

Ralph Fletcher, "Defrosting the Freezer" from Moving Day. Copyright © 2006 by Ralph Fletcher.  Reprinted by permission of Highlights for Children/Boyds Mills Press.

Source: Moving Day (Boyds Mills Press, 2006)

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Poet Ralph Fletcher b. 1953

POET’S REGION U.S., New England


Poet, novelist, and children’s and young adult writer Ralph Fletcher was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He earned a BA at Dartmouth College and an MFA in fiction writing at Columbia University.
His poetry for children includes the collections Moving Day (2006) and I Am Wings: Poems About Love (1994), as well as a collection of writing-advice poems, A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets (2005), and the nonfiction . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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