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Poem: The Last Straw

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

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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