Remains of the day

A big box of chocolates sits on my desk,

We had eaten enough that they’d last…

So on Boxing Day, in a decadent move,

I could use them for breaking my fast.

There’ll be turkey sandwiches, cake and mince pies

And the leftover trifle for tea,

The last sausage roll and a sliver of cheese

Will be plenty for small dog and me.

The small dog and I overate just a bit,

What with Yorkshires and roasties and stuff,

But there are leftovers to finish today

And there will be more than enough.

It was cooked to perfection, that seasonal feast,

Bringing memories back with each taste…

But memories linger, and with every bite,

They are lingering now on my waist.

That big box of chocolates will soon be no more

And the trifle no more than a ghost…

So after today, as our waistlines dictate,

We’ll be dining on nothing but toast.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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54 Responses to Remains of the day

  1. kgbethlehem says:

    I love this poem, it has a nice rhythm to it and I like dogs as well. If you don’t mind I would love to reblog this on my poetry corner. Hopefully, others will visit your page and read more of your work!

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  2. kgbethlehem says:

    Reblogged this on KG Bethlehem and commented:
    Good evening everyone! I hope you guys enjoyed the holidays or a winter break, whichever you prefer. Tonight is another edition of Friday Night Poetry Corner. This week I am featuring a wonderful poem name Sue Vincent and her poem is called “Remains of the day.” Here’s a hint, if you like dogs I am sure you will enjoy this work. Also please visit her blog and read more of her work.

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  3. Darlene says:

    Same at our house. Glad you had a great Christmas and the small dog got lots of treats. xo

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  4. Sadje says:

    This is a wonderful poem. Happy memories of a feast.

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  5. Ritu says:

    I think we managed to cook pretty well for just the four of us. Just one container of leftovers! And Lil Man wants those in a sandwich!
    But its the naughty treats that are still everywhere!!

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  6. beth says:

    Oh, I love this

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  7. We have the same, Sue. A mountain of left overs including the last of a delicious black forest trifle.

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  8. memadtwo says:

    We finished all the Yorkshire! But plenty of treats and sandwich makings, and the girls are doing the cookies tomorrow. That diet will need to wait. (K)


  9. Love the poem Sue. My sentiments exactly with the waist. Maggie would have had her own dinner and titbits besides. I can see you and Ani, content and full, snoozing in front of the TV. Wonderful.


  10. It sounds like I missed a fun feast Sue! May the new year bring more love and laughter.


  11. We did a buffet style meal, and there were enough leftovers that all of us have some for today, and some of us will have a few bits to nibble on over the next few days. We won’t talk about how many extra treats were involved. 😉


  12. Mary Smith says:

    I did vaguely think about hiding some of the chocolates but… that’s not really in the spirit of things, is it? So, we’ll eat them and not have any more for a long, long time.


  13. Sounds like our house.. Mince pies for breakfast! ❤


  14. V.M.Sang says:

    Lovely and true poem, Sue. My husband has removed the box of chocolates so we’re not tempted. But in a moment I’ll be going to heat up the leftovers!


  15. willowdot21 says:

    Isn’t it always the way!

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  16. Widdershins says:

    Heh, yes plain toast! 😀 … at least until tomorrow! 😀


  17. Jim Borden says:

    just plain toast? not even butter?


  18. Eliza Waters says:

    And boy, we enjoyed every bite of it! 😉


  19. dgkaye says:

    Good for you. I hope you enjoyed every bite. ❤


  20. CarolCooks2 says:

    A lovely poem Sue…my eating is still going on and no doubt will until the New Year is over…sigh


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