Saturday January 8th, 2011

The exercise:

A four line poem about: warnings.

Because it was snowing after I got home with the baseboards this afternoon, which would make using the electric saw outside very difficult. So I warned the clouds that they had one hour to stop snowing before I went out there and cut anyway.

Exactly an hour later it stopped snowing.

So the baseboards have been cut, they're in place, and I just need about thirty minutes and a working nail gun before I'm done with them. Hopefully that happens tomorrow.


The warning label reads:
Keep out of reach of children.
But little Tommy pleads:
How else can we play doctor?


Watermark said...

Marc: Yeah always wondered about those labels as a child! They always seemed to hint at spoiling any potential fun :)

Here's mine - a little bitter sweet!


The system gave out its warnings,
that a tsunami would hit the shore,
but repeatedly calm, clear mornings,
made its visitors choose to ignore.

Greg said...

@Watermark: nice, if dire. The first two lines really set the scene up well.

@Marc: You can command the weather now? Those government mice in the walls will be sending their vans round any minute now to take you an experimental facility... I'm sorry, that should have been experimentation facility.
I'm with Tommy as far as your poem goes!

You said, "Don't ever go and play in the sea,"
But knowing better isn't something you do.
It turns out this time Mom, you were right,
I've just been captured by Cthulhu!

Helle Kristine Tumbridge said...

My venom hides 'hind black and yellow
A warning! Says a clever fellow
But such a sorry time to find
His friend beside is colour-blind.

summerfield said...

haven't i warned you about this before?
that although you don't see my nose twitch
just don't make me angry or don't piss me off
or else you'd know that i'm a bad witch.

i can feel the muse trying to escape. yaiks!

Marc said...

Watermark - bittersweet, but nicely done.

Greg - haha, love that second line.

Helle - very nicely done! And welcome to the site :)

Thanks for sharing your writing with us, and I look forward to seeing more from you.

Summerfield - haha, nicely done. And you best catch that muse of yours right quick! I shall not be deprived of your writing, dang it.

Zhongming said...


What is good and bad?
People feel great when it's good
But can't accept the opposite
Neither is an answer, just warning. 

Marc said...

Zhongming - great final line!