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Bored Bobby and Other Boring Poetry

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Image by Pitsch from Pixabay

Boredom ~ Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 40

Once again Brenda Arledge has provided us with a word prompt to help inspire our creativity. I always try to guess what the following week's word will be but I haven't been right yet. I could have had ten guesses and still would not have picked "boredom." Anyway, thank you, Brenda.

Anyway, even though I never, or very rarely get bored myself, this word did prod the grey matter into action and I managed to come up with a poem or two (or three) in response. They are short and sweet (well short anyway) and hope they meet the "boredom" prompt well enough.

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.

— John Updike

Image by Gisela Merkuur from Pixabay

Image by Gisela Merkuur from Pixabay

Bored Bobby

Bobby said, “Mom, I’m so bored,

Do you know what I can do?”

She said, “Go ask your father.

He is always boring too.”


So Bobby asked his father,

“Dad, I’m bored what can I do?”

“Bored people are boring, Son,

I’ve always found that true!


If you can’t find something to do

I’m sure I have some chores

That I could use some help with,

And will stop you feeling bored.”


“Actually, I’m not so bored,

Well, not the way I was.

I think my friends are coming around,

A baseball we can toss.”


Busy people find the time

To always fit more in,

Whereas bored people never do,

But they have lots of time to whinge.

All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.

— Chuck Palahniuk

A Fun Fact!

Did you know that BOREDOM is an anagram of BEDROOM (or vice versa)?

-obviously, an unsatisfied lover is responsible for devising one or both of these words or making the connection (maybe it was Bobby’s mother.)

Image by Dmitry Abramov from Pixabay

Image by Dmitry Abramov from Pixabay

BOREDOM ~ an Acrostic Poem

Boredom is a state of mind

Only you can overcome.

Reach out to new adventure,

Explore the world around you.

Do the things you’re good at,

Open your mind and relax,

Meditate, don’t make a sound.

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

— Dale Carnegie

A Haiku

Nature’s never bored

Everything is busy

Growing and living

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Image by dagmarbendel from Pixabay

Boredom is my worst enemy. It's killed a lot of my friends, but it won't get me. When I get bored, I go risk my life somewhere.

— LARRY NIVEN

© 2021 John Hansen

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