R is for Reckling

last in line

grasp for nourishment

blind clawing

toward an instinctive destination

lonely in the crowd

disregarded particle of the collective identity

leftover afterthought

throwaway scrap

a step

for others




the before crowd

to rise from

last in line


reckling = smallest or weakest of a litter


For other thoughts on the letter R visit ABC Wednesday: R


This photo has been edited due to technical difficulties – i.e. it wasn’t very good.


On a lighter note – a band I like: The Candy Runts


  1. I like it that your first line – last in line – gives a major idea to the word reckling. Love the poetry, and the photo is a cutie.


  2. Yes the runts of the litter always get left out…
    I have never heard of the Candy Runts but if
    you say that they are good, then so be it 😉

    Have a wicked one Jo 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


    1. Well actually until this post I had not heard of them either – I went looking for something with ‘runt’ in it – found them and now have a new love…


  3. I’ve always had a soft spot for runts. Something about helping the underdog win or something, I don’t know. Didn’t know this was another word for them. 🙂 Now I can say that I like the runts AND the recklings!


  4. I read this and with each line I thought, ‘yep, that’s me’ and when I got to the end to discover the meaning of the word it is definitely me – I am the runt in my (natural) family! Great poem.


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