A Sensible Life

Updated on February 19, 2020
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Rochelle's attempts at poetry deteriorate into doggerel, yet she is not easily discouraged.

American Gothic by Grant Wood (public domain)
American Gothic by Grant Wood (public domain)

Sensible Billy had sensible sense.
He lived his life simply with little expense.

He planted dry seeds in sensible soil,
And earned a poor living with sensible toil,
Wearing sensible shoes and sensible socks.
His sensible house had sensible locks .

He put on his sensible shirt and pants,
And went out to tend his sensible plants.
His sensible garden grew sensible food.
And he always maintained a sensible mood.

Using a sensible fork and plate,
With sensible timing he never ate late.
With sensible heart and sensible head,
He slept in his sensible trundle bed.

He retired at a sensible hour it seems,
No one knows if he had any dreams.

Early in life he often had said,
It was not very sensible for him to wed.
He sensibly lived without any wife .
He sensibly lived without any life.
So all alone he sensibly went,
Demonstrating what sensible meant.

Sensibly safe without taking chances,
He didn't like sports or music or dances
Sensible people are hard to find.
He didn’t have friends and seemed not to mind

The corner café had sensible prices,
A sensible menu with sensible spices.
Sensibly plain without condiments.
He’d tip the poor waiter some sensible cents,

His sensible life was boring and sad,
A sense of adventure he never once had.
Fun wasn't sensible - no time for that.
He put on his sensible coat and his hat

Sparse conversation was sensibly plain.
It sensibly hid his invisible pain.
Sensible comments on weather and rain,
Nothing he needed to debate or explain.

He would take a sensible walk in the park,
But would never seem to be out after dark.
A sense of adventure was not his big thing
He planned no vacations for Summer or Spring.

He purchased a final resting plot,
Located in a sensible spot .
He purchased a sensible suit and tie.
And a sensible coffin, he also did buy.

He lived and he died in a sensible way.
There never was time for sensible play.
His sensible life made sense for poor Billy.
But he never had time to be sensibly silly.


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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh, that poor sensible guy in your poem missed out on a lot of fun and adventure, but perhaps he did not realize it. He lived his life by making choices that pleased him, so hopefully, that was all the fun he needed. Clever choice of words, Rochelle.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 months ago from California Gold Country

      Indeed! I love fun, butI must admit that I am far too sensible at times.

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      Denise McGill 

      7 months ago from Fresno CA

      Somehow that seems so terribly sad to live your whole life sensibly but never have fun or adventure.



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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I loved that, Rochelle! I wish his name wasn't Billy, but I still loved it. I don't know why, but that painting has always made me laugh. The guy just looks like he is sooooo boring. :)

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      16 months ago from California Gold Country

      Now I have tried three times to edit my typo... I guess it stays.

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      16 months ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you all for the kind comments. I appreciate each.

      Now I am starting to worry about keyword stuffing. Did I overuse one word?

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      Glenn Stok 

      16 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I love this kind of creativity Rochelle! You brought out true meaning with every stanza in this poem.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      17 months ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Nice, Rochelle. I really like this.

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      Liz Westwood 

      17 months ago from UK

      You worked a theme well through this poem.

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this Rochelle. Your play on words and the flow of the poem is great. Very very funny in a sensibly silly way.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      17 months ago from Canada

      No? I follow Poetry, so it popped right up in my feed. Good one! Enjoyed it..

    • Rochelle Frank profile imageAUTHOR

      Rochelle Frank 

      17 months ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, snakeslane. I wasn't expecting anyone to notice this.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      17 months ago from Canada

      Rochelle I love this play on words, and that you posted it under nonsense poetry. There is some irony in that. The American Gothic painting illustrates it perfectly.


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