Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 419

For today’s prompt, write a “made sense at the time” poem. Historically, people have done a lot of things that made sense at the time that upon further reflection don’t make sense now. This is true in general (all humankind) and specific (some of my personal hair styles) ways. Have fun digging up some of these personal or general poems this week.

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Here’s my attempt at a Made Sense at the Time Poem:

“The Cookies”

The cookies were so warm
and delicious straight out
of the oven that I felt I were
in some carb-loaded heaven
until you entered the room
asking where they all were.

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100 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 419

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    (1800’s military reference to unbroken US army mules, whose tails were shaved/belled for experience identification)

    shavetails
    by juanita lewison-snyder

    mules! mules!
    everywhere, damn mules!

    bangtails staring me down all day long
    bay, chestnut, dun, roan, gray

    full of this, full of that
    pushing back, full of sass

    which mule, which vice
    can’t stand no more, so

    i grab a set of clippers
    and get down to business

    of shaving down tails
    (made sense at the time)

    so’s I can can tell the diffs
    even in the dark, knowing full well

    a mule will work 30 yrs just to
    get ‘cha back for one injustice.

    shave tails, rough around the edges
    and greener than snot

    one bell, competent packer
    two bells, no stranger to shafts

    three bells, nice ride
    four bells, and he outranks ya

    best carry a rabbit’s foot and
    watch yourself around those kind.

    © 2018 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. MargoL

    The phone booth

    Do you remember when we used to
    leave the house without a cell phone?
    If you needed to contact
    someone, you had to find
    a telephone booth
    to make that call.
    It made sense
    at the
    time.

  3. Me0728

    We loved the same songs
    We recited the lyrics all night long
    We talked until the sun rose
    We joked as we did each others toes

    You were the most interesting person I knew
    You made my family fall in love with you
    I got up the nerve and asked you to be my bae
    I’m so confused..you’re gay?!

    In my pre-pubescent mind
    It seemed like a good idea at the time.

  4. Mariya Koleva

    18th May, 1995

    A note with tear stains on it,
    heart-rending, in my mind.
    Most probably, just cheesy.
    I locked it in a case, thinking I hid it well.
    It made perfect sense at the time:
    my move, the note, its hiding place.

    I never saw the note again,
    I roughly remember what it said.
    I saw deaths after that, but no one saw mine.
    When I look back, it made perfect sense. At the time.
    I still wonder where the note is.
    ###

  5. grcran

    go straight

    it seemed right at the time
    this punch bowl full of woe
    let all the troubles go
    tequila with a lime
    but booze’ll make you pay
    to kill your troubles? Can’t.
    get straight after your slant
    and you’ll be on your way

    gpr crane

  6. Kateland

    Being

    Through dream-filled eyes
    My sight was clear
    Though haze of tears
    Concealed most dear

    I will go to them and be
    The child they sought
    Long lost, now seen
    It was for naught it came to be

    The road arrived
    I followed through
    I took the dive
    I never knew

    Sometimes past remains that too
    Present seeks to know wherefore
    The future hides beyond a door
    Tempting, taunting, naught but lure

    As age grows, Past fades to grey
    Present knows, Beauty of today
    We’ll leave tomorrow for another day
    We’ll leave the past for a better way.

  7. Connie Peters

    Cleaning the Garage

    It made sense at the time to store the stuff
    Boxes, paint, old clothes, and various parts
    Bolts and screws, never enough
    It made sense at the time

    A lot of this we can use for arts
    A teddy bear with half its fluff
    Someday we’ll play a game of darts

    Extra blankets when going gets tough
    Junk adds up to off the charts
    Makes cleaning up a little rough
    It made sense at the time

  8. rlk67

    We signed them up for summer camp,
    The kids would have some fun.
    But Lyle cried, he missed his mom,
    and hated everyone.

    Jamie sat atop his bunk,
    And read his ‘Potter’ books,
    Arnie made some ‘friends’ who then
    rejected him for ‘looks’.

    Dollars, ‘cents’ all down the drain,
    It really was a crime.
    They all came home in misery…
    It made ‘sense’ at the time.

  9. De Jackson

    {made cents at the time}

    found a lonely dime
    in the couch. some years
    ago it might have bought
    a phone call. now,
    it’s thinner than ever.

    but still,
    {face: up}
                 in God we trust.

    ::

  10. De Jackson

    {made cents at the time}

    found a lonely dime
    in the couch. some years
    ago it might have bought
    a phone call. now,
    it’s thinner than ever.

    but still,
    {face: up}
                   in God we trust.

    ::

  11. Anthony94

    Bookseller’s Dream

    With its flashy yellow cover the book
    made sense at the time, yet another how to
    about how to do anything not yet mastered

    chapters on life and all its quandaries found
    in between pages gone dog eared, exhausted
    so that yet another book designed to teach

    everything not yet covered by the first–
    those mysteries mitigated by wisdom—
    to be revealed only in the how’s of volume two

    became the next purchase, urgent, furtive,
    followed by the overwhelming need to buy
    then the compendium promising still more

    answers to burgeoning questions yet to be
    asked, uncovering the how of a proper how to
    buying into it seductive, how it made no sense.

  12. Walter J Wojtanik

    GETTING SCROOGED

    (a fruitcake and some socks and BVD’s.)
    Not the gifts I was planning.
    with hankies as far as the eye can see,
    (a fruitcake and some socks and BVD’s.)
    it surely was a kick in the knees
    while this Christmas is rapidly waning!
    (a fruitcake and some socks and BVD’s.)
    Not the gifts I was planning.

  13. SarahLeaSales

    Kimberlea’s Hopeless Case

    It had made sense at the time
    to build up her hope chest–
    with fuzzy socks &
    monogrammed handkerchiefs–
    until she realized that by “chest,”
    her mother hadn’t meant her bra,
    but rather her trousseau.

  14. Sara McNulty

    A Being Cool Mistake

    Models in short
    sculpted hairdos
    adorned covers
    of high gloss
    magazines. Waifs
    in mini-skirts,
    heavy eye liner,
    kohl black.
    Impressionable
    teenagers, myself
    among them, thought
    they could be
    fashion models with
    copycat coiffures.
    Had my hair cut
    stylishly short,
    and looked like
    a mushroom for
    a long time.

  15. ReathaThomasOakley

    Kept past sell by date

    Exotic mustards
    hibiscus herbal tea
    panty hose to braid
    into a rug I’ve kept
    it all plus skirts to
    hem pants to let out
    shelves overflowing
    crowded countertops
    crammed-full drawers
    boxes under the bed
    too much space taken
    whatever was I thinking
    should I clean this mess
    or leave it to my heirs.

  16. ReathaThomasOakley

    Kept past sell by date

    Exotic mustards
    hibiscus herbal tea
    panty hose to braid
    into a rug I’ve kept
    it all plus skirts to
    hem pants to let out
    shelves overflowing
    crowded countertops
    crammed-full drawers
    boxes under the bed
    too much space taken
    whatever was I thinking
    should I clean this mess
    or leave it to my heirs.

  17. thunk2much

    Gaslight

    He said to me:
    You hear things
    I never said,
    poor thing,
    but it’s okay,
    I’ll look after you,
    just trust me.

    I let myself go
    unheeded,
    assuming always
    that I owned all blame,
    until finally
    I saw his shadow
    in the gaslight.

  18. Eileen S

    Tough Sledding

    When the snow fell, it was fun to sled down the hill.
    However, the bottom of the hill was near the street.
    It was a risk that the person on the sled could be killed.
    Eventually the weather warmed, snow melted by heat.

  19. madeline40

    The Afro hair style was in,
    back in the early seventies
    And I wanted to have one too.
    My hair was still naturally black then
    So it was in keeping with the trend.
    However, as soon as I got home
    From getting my new do
    My little boy, took one look
    And said, I want your old hair back.
    I did too, after burned clumps of hair
    Broke off at the crown.

  20. candy

    Escape

    It seemed like a good idea
    At the time
    She really didn’t think about it
    Just got in the car
    It was a cold night – winter
    She was walking home – alone
    A short ride in a warm car
    Seemed like a good idea
    At the time
    She jumped from the speeding car
    It was a good idea

  21. taylor graham

    HAPPY TRAILS

    Such a lot of moaning – stop your moping, all of you.
    You wonder how you’ll get along, now I’m through
    with keeping track of this and that and what’s to do;
    with knowing how the land lies, ridge and canyon too;

    with knowing horses like a second sense. It’s true,
    I worked right hard. It just seemed like the thing to do,
    what I was meant for, down there, field or slough.
    I rode that life and now I’m in another, I’m brand-new.

    I’m in the real God’s country – and o my, what a view!
    I’m rounding up my long-gone horses – quite a few –
    and riding trails alongside waters clear and blue.
    So quit your moaning. Happy trails to all of you.

  22. Daniel Paicopulos

    I am a man of many words, but none of them can describe how I feel, loving and being loved by my best friend, my darling, my angel, my nurse, my wife. I have said many times, completely and truthfully, that no one else would have stayed with me through some of who I was, but I am sooooo grateful that she did.

    47 Years and Counting

    Would you believe it?
    Could you conceive it?
    I have an earth angel
    leading the way,
    wake up more in love
    with her every day.
    My body’s been through hell,
    here in year forty-seven,
    but my heart, soul as well,
    have spent more time in heaven.
    It’s because of my angel,
    with her doting, her care
    that my mind has stayed focused
    on the love that we share.
    Without her I doubt
    that I’d even be,
    with no wish to find out,
    I’m so glad there’s a we.
    With a bit of a limp,
    forty-seven we’ll celebrate,
    but no love will we skimp,
    entering year forty-eight.

  23. PowerUnit

    Pilgrimage

    It made sense at the time, wat b’y?
    Who know’d she’d gone so friggin bad?
    Nuddin wrong wit Qweebeck, mind you.
    Bugs is kinds thick though, me son
    Carry you away and your bags too.
    The language didn’t bother me none
    Ev’ry man speaks wit his wallet
    Ev’ry man unnerstands another amn’s needs.
    An’ when I did git ‘er fixed up
    Tarana’s a day’s drive away.
    Got a job in the garage bay
    Fixen the wealthy b’y’s big boats
    While me old bucket sat and rusted
    Yes b’y, Bob’s yer uncle.

  24. tripoet

    Made Sense At The Time

    Made sense at the time
    to speak my mind.
    How did I know
    they were: the boss’
    daughter, the neighbor’s
    dog, the minister’s
    wife, the contest’s
    judge, my daughter’s
    Secret Santa??????????

    Might as well give up
    complaining in 2018.

  25. Walter J Wojtanik

    PET ROCKS MADE SENSE AT THE TIME

    With heads held high and bells a’jingling,
    we opened our gifts on Christmas morn.
    All our senses were a’tingling,
    with heads held high and bells a’jingling.
    There was only one gift I was a’singling
    out, a pet rock? It left me forlorn.
    With heads held high and bells a’jingling,
    we opened our gifts on Christmas morn.

    1. tripoet

      Ahhhhh. This poem took the prompt and fit it with the season in a most enjoyable way. I remember pet rocks. Kinda crazy. But did you know that now there is a form were people draw art on flat rocks that is actually quite wonderful? Nice work, WJW. 🙂

      1. tripoet

        I also really enjoyed Robert’s ” The Cookies”. I could almost taste those cookies in my mouth and feel the warmth when I held them. Cookie lovers, haven’t we all been there– with our cookie consumption? Fun poem.

    2. De Jackson

      Bah! Humbugged. {What was Santa thinking?}

      We open our gifts on Christmas morn
      (a fruitcake and some socks.)
      Our spirits crushed, our wishes torn,
      we open our gifts on Christmas. Mourn
      the things we really wanted, and scorn
      our stockings full of coal, and rocks.
      We open our gifts on Christmas morn
      (a fruitcake and some socks.)

      1. Walter J Wojtanik

        GETTING SCROOGED

        (a fruitcake and some socks and BVD’s.)
        Not the gifts I was planning.
        with hankies as far as the eye can see,
        (a fruitcake and some socks and BVD’s.)
        it surely was a kick in the knees
        while this Christmas is rapidly waning!
        (a fruitcake and some socks and BVD’s.)
        Not the gifts I was planning.

        1. De Jackson

          Only the 7-11 was open this late, y’all. Sorry.

          Not the gifts I was planning to give,
          but everything else was closed, yo!
          There’s nothing open past 10 where I live;
          these were not the gifts I was planning to give.
          The bag of Ruffles I hope you’ll forgive.
          The Slurpee cannot be exchanged, though.
          Not the gifts I was planning to give,
          but everything else was closed, yo!

          1. Walter J Wojtanik

            WE NEVER CLOSE

            Everything else was closed, yo!
            But your one-stop shopping has a home.
            You’re in heaven with our 24-7, so
            Everything else was closed, yo!
            We’re not your usual shop and go
            with locations where ever you roam!
            Everything else was closed, yo!
            But your one-stop shopping has a home.

          2. De Jackson

            Amazon Primed?

            Your one-stop shopping has a home.
            It’s the miraculous Amazon Prime.
            Wherever you may rail, or roam,
            your one-stop shopping has a home.
            Wait, 4 days before Christmas? You’re on your own!
            (Seemed like a good idea at the time!)
            Your one-stop shopping has a home.
            It’s the miraculous Amazon Prime.

          3. Walter J Wojtanik

            WHERE ARE THE CLOWNS

            It’s the miraculous Amazon Prime
            that has saved me from the maddening crowds.
            No one shops in stores in these times,
            It’s the miraculous Amazon Prime.
            I’m not getting “malled” anymore, and I’m
            Letting out a cheer really loud!
            It’s the miraculous Amazon Prime
            that has saved me from the maddening crowds

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