Ode to the Frozen Burrito

Ode to the Frozen Burrito

(and other microwaveable meals)

Oh, yon frozen burrito-

So full of beans

And … meat?

Purchasable in bulk or a la carte,

Your mass will sear my mouth,

Fill my stomach,

And keep my GI tract busy for days to come.

And yet, I shall never regret your consumption;

‘Twas in the middle of a scene of the highest excitement-

Sparks sparking, dialogue dialoguing, bad guys bad-guying …

My stomach rumbling.

I needed to eat-

‘Twas pretty sure I ate sometime the day before-

But did not want to spare the time.

Hark! Off to the freezer!

Grab well-wrapped package of questionable meat-products,

Plunk into fair microwave for obligatory two minute cooking time.

Hark! Ideas are raining!

Mind is churning!

Back to the computer,

Fingers fly.

I pause for a moment,

To partake of your offerings.


But at least it was fast.

(YA Highway’s hosting a Valentine’s Day Blog Lovefest. Hop on over to see other Highwayers’ declarations of love.)

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

5 thoughts on “Ode to the Frozen Burrito

  1. One of our coworkers lived on those things–when he wasn’t eating those nuclear-orange tamales out of a can. I’ve been known to scarf a few Amy’s gluten free burritos, but those are healthy enough to not even qualify as junk food.

    I will insist on putting both chili sauce and salsa on burritos though, even though I’ve been burned.

  2. Haha, I love this! And I love frozen burritos. I get the bean and cheese variety, so I can avoid the “meat?” in the other ones. And this–always this: “DAMNTHINGBURNEDMYMOUTH!!”

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