The White Picket Fence

The White Picket Fence

A Poem by Tionge Rosalie Johnson

I place a blanket on the grass

and apply sunscreen to his back.

A picnic basket sits between us.

“Nice day,” He says.

I nod.

He takes out a sandwich and

doesn’t offer me any.

“I made these myself. It has extra cheese,

just the way I like it!” He interjects.

I fake laugh.


He continues to eat and ignore me

as my eyes wonder to a couple nearby.  

I see a husband, a wife, and two kids.


One girl,

One boy.  

The only thing missing,

a white picket fence. 

© 2016 Tionge Rosalie Johnson

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Such a cool way to show the lacking the speaker feels in their relationship by contrasting it with the picturesque perfect family. "He takes out a sandwich and doesn't offer me any." Is such a good line.

Posted 3 Years Ago

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"The only thing missing, a white picket fence. "

i like these words, missing the simple thing but gain whole lot of things

simple words but give an inspiration. thank you for share

Posted 4 Years Ago

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Added on July 16, 2014
Last Updated on June 28, 2016
Tags: poetry, spoken word


Tionge Rosalie Johnson
Tionge Rosalie Johnson

Syracuse , NY

I'm a graduate student at the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications studying Arts Journalism where I am specializing in theatre. I have a great passion for writing and editing written work and .. more..