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Poem: The Last Straw

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Poem Summary

The last straw is a poem written in response to the word prompt, "Madness". It's about a woman who is fed up by her man leaving his clothes all over the floor. She decides to try a different approach to gain his attention. She tosses them outside on the lawn & turns on sprinklers when he gets home.

"Clothes On The Lawn by Jaden Michaels"

The Last Straw

He says she’s lost her marbles,

her madness is insane,

when he comes home to find

his clothes decorating the lawn.


She speaks in a soft tone,

vowing she’s not gone mad,

as she turns the sprinklers on

watching him quickly scramble

picking up each one.


Totally drenched, he walks through the door

carrying his wet garments,

shaking his head in disbelief,

when she warns him

not to toss them back onto the floor.


She tells him point blank,

it’s time he learns

she's not his maid,

as she points to a new sign above the laundry room door

in case he forgot his way.

"Burning House by Cam"

I decided to write a poem that is a bit more light hearted and fun instead of one that is dismal and sad.

I know we all have those little things that drive us mad. Like when someone squeezes the toothpaste from the middle instead of the bottom, or leaves their clothes all over the house. Maybe they leave a glass or soda pop can half full on the end table, or forget to put the toilet seat down.

In any case, this is a poem where the woman finally gets fed up. It's meant to be all in fun.

It really wasn't the last straw that did it:

It was all of the other straws that I piled on before that.

— Kimberly Jonas

Word Prompts Help Creativity

"Madness" was a word prompt given in my weekly series Word Prompts Help Creativity.

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Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

Harriet,

Thank you.

It is a bit drastic!

That's just where my imagination went with this one.

Take care & enjoy the day.

Harriet Dionela from Taguig City, Philippines on March 27, 2021:

This is a drastic and humorous way to get one’s point across. Madness it is. Loved your imagination!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

My response to madness...on a lighter side

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 25, 2021:

One if mine

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 24, 2021:

A different take on Madness

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 22, 2021:

Just in fun

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 20, 2021:

My latest one on madness

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Amara,

Thanks.

It is a simple little piece...but having fun while you write is important.

Take care.

Amara on March 19, 2021:

Well its a creative piece of work.. Nice..

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Gypsy,

Thank you.

Not sure what a normal person would do but in my imagination I hope he is the type of person who can laugh about it.

If not...it's definitely one of those moments that he will never forget.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Clive,

Lol!

Not sure...guess we will have to wait for my imagination to spur up again to see.

Take care & enjoy the day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Manatita44,

Thank you.

Yes indeed, they say you can make mountains out of a mole hill.

Take care & have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Ann,

Yeppie! On top of that...that specific room was only used for special occasions.

There is just no way.

Nothing I have is too valuable for me to enjoy while I'm alive.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Rosina,

Thank you gal!

It's always nice to hear from you.

I gotta get away from all that hate & sadness.

Take care.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on March 19, 2021:

Well done and very creative, Certainly hope he learned a lesson,

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 19, 2021:

Well, I guess that taught him!

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2021:

Well done!

You'd be amazed by the things that drive us mad. Yes! Some of them seem so little! Yet to others? they are like mountains, not ants. Excellent work!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 19, 2021:

Really?! Now that's going way too far! Must be very uncomfortable.

Ann

Rosina S Khan on March 19, 2021:

This poem based on the word prompt "Madness" is definitely in a lighter tone and full of humor. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Liz,

Thank you.

We all get on each other's nerves now and then, but not in an angry way.

I try to find the humor in what I can.

This one was just written to make madness seem a little bit fun too.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Peggy,

I can only imagine, but I bet it was a sight to see.

Take care & have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Ann,

I used to know someone who kept the plastic on thier couch.

I can't live like that.

Enjoy your day.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 19, 2021:

Your poem creates a humorous scene, whilst making a serious point.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2021:

While this was written in jest, we once saw a front lawn full of items that could only have meant an impending divorce. Someone was obviously very angry!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 19, 2021:

Yes, a house has to look 'lived-in'. No point if we have to plump up the cushions all the time (though I know people like that!).

Ann

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Ann,

Thanks.

I don't know...since it's only my imagination.

Hopefully he gets it & laughs about it.

Maybe pay her back later for something that nags at him...in some witty way that isn't harmful.

Our house is cluttered too...I always say that a sign people know how to live life.

Take care & have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Pamela,

Thanks.

The other poem I wrote seemed so sad that I wanted to write something a little more light hearted.

It's hard to find that good in madness so I just had a bit of fun with it.

Take care & enjoy today.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 19, 2021:

I know several people who have been driven to similar such methods!

We are not too bad in our house, though leaving papers and stuff all over the table can be a problem...

I wonder if this incident made any difference or if it drove him to leave?!!

Ann

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

I am glad you wrote this poem on a more positive tone than I did. I liked it, Brenda. I am so fortunate as my husband has always been fairly neat, near tossing clothes on the floor.

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