Saturday, October 1, 2011

Out of Service

supplied the first line.

We are limited to 110 words.


The number you have reached is no longer in service;
All you are left with is your deep regret.
For far too long you forgot to remember,
And now you are wishing that you could forget.....
Back then, in the old days, her voice was like music,
Then rancour and bitterness reared up between.
The days turned to months and the old world kept turning
And only vague heartache recalled what had been.
'One day' you would say, 'I'll remember her number.
One day' you would say 'I'll just give her a call'.
But one day, alas, very soon became hundreds
And now you are speaking to nothing at all. (110 words)


'The Joy of living!' That sounds staid!
But say it in French and you've got it made!
I wonder if 'Le Weekend' sounds pretty good
To the French when it is understood.
Language is strange; some things catch-on;
Others are said but 'Phtt!' they're gone!
'Cul de Sac'! Now there's a phrase!
'Dead-end' was better in many ways,
But someone, somewhere, said 'Cul-de-sac'
And that foreign phrase just never looked back!
An idea that spreads is called a meme,
(Richard Dawkins favourite theme.)
'Waving goodbye' was a meme that spread;
We all followed where someone led.
'Joie-de-vivre' must have sounded right
Having caught the spirit of delight.
So now I say it and so do you!
'The Joy of Living' just will not do.


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Pretty eye opening. Very good.

Dave King said...

All too true - and brilliantly put. A bit too close to the bone for comfort, though - as poetry should be, I always think.

Nonna said...

Wow, as always, so much story and feeling packed into your rhymes...Bravo !!!

To the Toy Box and Beyond said...

very good post thanks for sharing

Ames said...

Too late too little...for that person. This was a memory from long ago? You make it seem like a real memory.~Ames

Sean Vessey said...

You weave a good tale
in rhyme without fail
to you I hail :- )

Judie said...

Such beautiful writing! It touched my heart!!

21 Wits said...

Oh you weave such a great story...but best of all that photo goes with it so well too!

Susan Anderson said...

This one is particularly good!


Viki said...

Loved how the words were written. Wonderful!!

Dazee Dreamer said...

wow, very good. and so true. I'm sure many people know of someone they should have called.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...


Kelly Sedinger said...

This is really well done.

Jenny said...

Oh my gosh. This is so well written. They both are. The top one really spoke to me. I loved what you did here, Miss Brenda.

You are truly awe inspiring at poetry.

Thank you for sharing your work here.