The White Stuff

A photo of milk pouring into a glass.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 1 October 2020, synchronise.

I had the idea for the start of the poem while I was getting changed, then hadn’t really come up with anything else, so decided to run with it. By the time I was about four verses in I realised I was a mile off course, so there is a pathetic attempt at the end to pull it all back together.

Pasteurised, Homogenised,
Silver-topped or Gold,
Full fat milk or semi’skimmed
A wonder to behold!

All these different types of milk,
Competing on the shelves,
So many types to choose from,
We all just please ourselves.

Would you like organic?
Or maybe lactose-free?
Or perhaps some soy or almond milk?
(I heard that tastes like pee.)

Condensed or evaporated,
Do we know what these things are?
Rice? Or oat? Or buttermilk?
Only halfway through so far.

The point is, there are many milks,
Too much to analyse,
So confuse them in the coffee shop,
And just ask for synchronised!

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed large IT systems, interrupted by a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Now mix development of health-related software with voluntary work and writing. Married, with an estranged daughter.

14 thoughts on “The White Stuff”

    1. Oh, dear, I loked milk as a boy and now I like cattle. The field at the back, they normally put cows in it for, like, 2 days a year, presubably to fertilize the place. It was some maizey crop this year.


    1. I found a web page which listed 22 different types of milk (although some of them looked identical to me). Whole milk I understand, but isn’t Raw milk exactly the same? Apparently not. But it was funny that the original synchronised made ,me think of pasteurised, and started the ball rolling.

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