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Poem: 100 Proof - She's No Spring Chicken

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Poem Summary

"100 Proof - She's No Spring Chicken" is a poem for the word prompt Proof.

She drinks some 100 Proof Tennessee Whiskey and gets stopped by the law on the drive home.

She steps out of the car with her license and registration, but this makes the officer mad.

She has to go to the station, but gets a ride home.

"The Whiskey Song (Scottish Drinking Music Video) by John Patterson"

Poem for Word Prompt - Proof

This is my attempt for the word prompt, "Proof."

I wanted to put something out there, but I'm not certain it is up to par. In any case, here it is.

I hope you enjoy reading it. If nothing else, I had a bit of fun writing it.

This poem does not endorse Drinking Alcohol.

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100 Proof - She's No Spring Chicken

She tosses back some 100 Proof Tennessee whiskey,

thinking she is a spring chicken like in her younger days,

but by nightfall she finds herself in handcuffs

giving an officer her name.


She’d just left the club

when the swirl of red & blue lights

catch her by surprise,

pulling her car “the silver bullet” off the road.


She doesn’t think twice

as she opens the door

and steps out with her license and registration in hand

but apparently it makes the officer mad.


She hears a gruff voice yell, “I didn’t tell you to get out of the car!

As he approaches with his gun drawn, nervously patting her down,

grabbing the papers from her hand yelling, “I’ll need proof of insurance too or your car gets towed.”


With her fingers trembling,

she climbs back into the car,

hysterically searching through the glovebox

to no avail.


Then she hears him say,

“Ma'am, walk a straight line, heel to toe,

let’s see if you need to go to jail as well.”


In a quivering voice she utters,

“Sir, I can’t. I fail this all the time at the doctor’s office.

You see, “Bubbaboo”, a tumor that lives in my brain

makes me walk like a drunken sailor

on a normal day."


He laughs,

“I’ve heard it all now,

but there’s no get out of jail free card here

so, start walking."


He watches as she staggers a bit,

stumbling with irregular footsteps

leaning forward to catch her balance,

then he grabs her arm escorting her to the cruiser.


When they get to the station

he begins taking her finger prints

when the sergeant walks and says,

“How’s Bubbaboo treating you gal?”

“Pretty good, but I guess he doesn’t like alcohol.” she replies.

“Well, none of us are as young as we used to be.

Come on, let me drive you home,” he says.

In disbelief, the police officer mutters,

“I thought she was pulling my leg.”

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life

— George Bernard Shaw

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"Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett - It's Five O'clock Somewhere"

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 06, 2021:

Response for proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 04, 2021:

Response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 03, 2021:

Shauna,

Thank you Gal!

Glad you enjoyed it.

Take care.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 03, 2021:

Brenda, this is some fine story-telling! I really enjoyed this.

You did a fine job with the prompt.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 01, 2021:

Response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 01, 2021:

Response on proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

Tobe

Thank you.

I read your article on the word prompt and posted a comment.

I also posted on the article.

Great write.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

Vidya,

Thank you for your kind words.

There is quite alot out there to write about if I only had the time.

Have a great day.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on April 30, 2021:

This was such a good read...interesting poem.

Here's my response to the word prompt https://letterpile.com/poetry/Proof-of-Life-Inspir...

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 30, 2021:

This poem is fun to read Brenda. You seem to derive inspiration from anything and everything in life, for your poetry. There so much variety in your poems and a delight for us to read. Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

EK,

Thanks for joining in our word prompts.

Your words speak of the beauty God provides us. These are the proofs we need to witness as we go along life's journey.

We show our proof of happiness with our smile just like a diamond, pearl, or some precious stone shows the beauty of the sea.

When your life is like a blossoming spring it is proof that life is beautiful.

When we encounter an unwanted road we can still see the beauty in the things, like the blossoms and butterflies surrounding us...showing us our destination is beautiful.

Love is the name of a feeling...

That comes within heart,

And trust is the proof of love.

All of these poems paint a perfect picture of life's blessings which are indeed proof that today is beautiful.

Great work.

I will post a link to the article.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on April 30, 2021:

That was an interesting read, Brenda. Here is my response to word prompt challange:

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Proof-of-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

Response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Devika,

Thank you.

I am delighted to hear you say this.

Take care & have a great week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Misbah

Thank you.

I am glad to hear it was an enjoyable read.

When people drink and drive without thinking and being responsible...it causes heartache all the way around.

As I said in my article "This poem does not endorse Drinking Alcohol.

Have a great week.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 29, 2021:

HI Brenda DUI is not the way to go and you made that clear in your poem. You have proof in this challenge and so well-expressed.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Brenda, I like the poem. You gave it a different spin. This was an enjoyable read. but I must not end it without saying, Drinking and Driving: a Grave Mistake. If someone drinks and drives, They are going to make someone cry.

Blessings and Love

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

Ravi,

Thank you.

There are moments my imagination blows away in the wind.

Have a great day.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 28, 2021:

Humor and drinking is a potent combination and when it is mixed together into a potpourri of poetry it becomes deadly indeed. Thanks for sharing Brenda this highly imaginative work.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

Srushti,

Thank you!

That was the object of writing this one...to be a little bit of fun.

Have a great week.

Srushti Gamit on April 28, 2021:

I really like your poem and it is fun to read. The way you put those words together is amazing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

Nithya,

Thank you for reading.

You are right...drinking & driving is not a good mixture.

Just a different take on the word proof....meant to make people smile.

Take care.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 28, 2021:

You have put a different spin to the word Proof. It is never a good idea to drink and drive. Nicely penned.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

My attempt at poof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

Bill,

This write is a bit different, but some days my brain goes haywire.

So glad you didn't get a DUI.

Have a great week & thanks for appreciating this one.

I know you gave up drinking along time ago.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2021:

A little different from you, Brenda, but a fun read. I cringe when I think about being pulled over by a cop. I don't know how I managed to avoid a DUI over the years. Someone was watching out for this fool.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

Pamela,

Thank you.

I'm glad you like it.

It's definitely a different angle.

I just wanted to put something out there, so this one is it.

Have a great night.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

Peggy,

You are right.

Drinking & driving doesn't mix.

I just wanted to write something a bit different.

Take care & have a great nite.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 28, 2021:

John,

Thanks.

That what I was going for...a Smile.

Glad you like the Jimmy Buffett song.

Take care.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 28, 2021:

This poem brought me a smile, Brenda. A nice response to the “proof” prompt. I liked the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet collaboration too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2021:

Driving and drinking is never a good idea. Your poem is a different spin on the word Proof.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 28, 2021:

I think this is a very good poem about what the excess of school does for us. I really like your take on the prompt of proof, Brenda. It is very good.

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