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Poem: Forces Working Against Her

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"(1993) Mrs. Doubtfire Cooks Dinner but It Goes Wrong " by Mrs. Doubtfire - Movie Fox Entertainment


"Forces Working Against Her"

That ole saying,
anything that can go wrong
probably will,
bites her today
as she tries to get a head start
on Easter dinner.

She starts to bake a cake,
finding no cooking oil
in her cupboards,
so she improvises.

Melting butter in the microwave
she hears a popping sound
as the oleo explodes.

She moves on
to the green bean casserole,
but has only one can
and the stores closed a half hour ago.

She puts the can
up to the electric can opener
but it won’t fit,
forcing her to use a manual, crank one
which only opens one side,
causing her to use a knife
to pry it open.

Luckily there is a pull top lid
on the mushroom soup,
so she manages to complete
one mission.

Then she digs out the crockpot
to cook the ham
so it will stay nice and juicy,
but as she gathers the ingredients
there's no brown sugar.

She finally tosses in the towel,
puts the ham
back in the refrigerator,
turns everything off
and goes to bed,
hoping for a better day tomorrow.

"Friends Rachel's Thanksgiving Trifle - Moin's"



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 08, 2020:


Thank you.

Have a great day.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on May 07, 2020:

This wonderful. Enjoyed this.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 14, 2020:

So true, Ann.

We are learning to handle most anything.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe and keep smiling.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 14, 2020:

We've all been there, haven't we? As long as we can see the funny side, or just give up and count our blessings, then it's fine. Tomorrow is another day. But things are a bit weird at the moment, aren't they? If we can manage now, we can manage any time.

Keep safe and well!


BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 13, 2020:



There is always a way to work things out.

Tomorrow is a better day.

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on April 13, 2020:

Tommorow is always a better a day...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 12, 2020:


Yes, sometimes tossing in the towel is all that's left to do.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 12, 2020:


You are so funny.

Believe it or not..the McDonald's here closes early now too since coronavirus.

Things did get better.

Not just like she had planned but one should know better than to plan on things...that usually doesn't work out right.

Have a great day.

Stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 12, 2020:


Yes, there's always tomorrow.

Sometimes you just have days like this but try as you might it's not gonna get better.

So moving on..that's the key.

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe.

Suzie from Carson City on April 12, 2020:

Brenda...Ohhhhh, don't you just hate scenarios like that one?! We all seem to have our fair share. You did what most anyone would do! Call it a day and do something else! There's always tomorrow....

Bless you, Paula

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 12, 2020:

When nothing seems to work, it is better to give up. There is always a tomorrow, another day of hope. Happy Easter Brenda.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 12, 2020:

I would say that she tried and failed, so what? Tomorrow is another day! If I were her, I would go to MC Donald's drive through and order a BIG ole juicy cheese burger and fries, unless, of course MC Donald's runs out of food, then the forces are truly working against her. LOL

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 12, 2020:

Thanks Jason,

Yeah...when nothing goes right it's time to stop.

It will be better when I wake up.

But hey...everything is a bit different this year.

Happy Easter!

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on April 12, 2020:

I've had those kinds of days before; where everything seems to go wrong. I used to think "if I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any." Haha.

Nice one. Stay safe and healthy Brenda.

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