The Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest 4/18 – 4/24/2020

Greetings! In case you’re lost, this is The Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest. We’ve been assailing the senses and assaulting the sensibilities since November of 2018. The management would like to apologize for today’s delay in posting a prompt. Her laptop computer met a most unfortunate fate at the other end of a bokken

This is the most recent photo we have of The Deceased.

But, let’s not dwell on the past, or on the fact that the children now have no web camera with which to Zoom for schoolwork. Read some basics on bad poetry here. Next, read this week’s specifics:

  1. Let’s Topic on a humorous end to a useful object. Irony is encouraged.
  2. The Length is between 5 and 155 words.
  3. Rhyming is optional, but recommended.
  4. Make it terrible! Make me rue the day I ever started a contest based on bad poetry …until the next week’s prompt.
  5. Rating: PG or cleaner. You can do it.

You have till 8:00 a.m. MST next Friday (April 24 or 24 April, Bryntin) to submit a poem.

Use the form below if you want to be anonymous for a week.

If not, and for a more social experience, include your poem or a link to it in the comments. Please let me know if your pingback and/or poem do not show up within a day.

Have fun!


The Finger

Keep your hands in the car, his mother always warned.
But Tom just laughed, and waved his fingers;
Her advice, he always scorned.

Then, one day, in teenage-hood, he disobeyed too far:
In response to, Please don’t, Tom, he waved just one finger
And laughed, a Har har har.

But Fate or whatever in-charge-of-mothers-and-irony Saint
Must have watched and taken the wheel
‘Cause if Tom wanted, he cain’t

Wave mid-finger or hand
At all.


©2020 Chelsea Owens


Photo credit: Elia Pellegrini

57 thoughts on “The Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest 4/18 – 4/24/2020

  1. obbverse April 18, 2020 / 10:44 pm

    Nicely done. Dark. I give it two thumbs up, Tom only one. Why not two? I’m stumped. So’s Tom.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Bruce Goodman April 19, 2020 / 12:29 am

    The umbrella

    I wish to tell you about my favourite thing,
    With a hey-nonny-no,
    It’s about my umbrella I wish to sing
    Hey ding a ding, ding.

    I stick my umbrella up a lot
    With a hey-nonny-no,
    Whether it’s raining or not
    Hey ding a ding, ding.

    The other day it hosed down
    With a hey-nonny-no,
    Just as I was leaving to go to town
    Hey ding a ding, ding.

    Suddenly a gust of wind blew it inside out.
    I started to twist and shout.
    What the hell is this all about?
    I was getting wet. No doubt.
    I hope I don’t get gout.
    Hey ding a ding, ding.
    My love for my umbrella was just recently awoken.
    Now it’s broken
    And I’m soakin’.

    Liked by 4 people

    • ellenbest24 April 22, 2020 / 9:24 pm

      Bruce Goodman it hurt my head when I read it in my bed ,
      So terrible that it stunk… with a hey ding a ding dunk.
      well dane

      Liked by 2 people

      • Bruce Goodman April 23, 2020 / 3:31 pm

        Thanks so much for the compliment, Ellen. Being cramped up in lockdown certainly helps to write terrible poetry.


    • Chelsea Owens April 24, 2020 / 11:08 pm

      Nicely done, Bruce. The “ding ding”‘s and “hey-nonny-no” were an excellent touch.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Doug Jacquier April 19, 2020 / 12:56 am

    I’m sure you’d told the boys many times about sword play in the house, like a bokken record 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    • Chelsea Owens April 19, 2020 / 6:28 am

      😀 Why didn’t I think of that one?


  4. ellenbest24 April 19, 2020 / 1:56 am

    That was a mite fierce (the British one) wicked in-fact (take that as you will) amputations aside keep you fingers inside is a saying of which to abide. 😁😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Doug Jacquier April 19, 2020 / 6:44 am

    Alas, poor Boris, I knew him well.

    Ode to an automatic lawnmower

    Boris, as we called him,
    made short work of our lawn in
    no time at all for many a year,
    his whirling dervishing music to my ear.

    But one fateful day
    his brain faded away
    and chaos reigned on our green parade
    as anything but lawn was flayed.

    Boris charged and snapped dragons at full pelt,
    (all the while how his innards smelt)
    and mounted kerbs uncurbed
    as he rose to the occasion so recently suburbed.

    Just when I thought his madness was expended
    and his carnationage had ended,
    he climbed the bean poles, snicker-snack,
    and gave the peas no chance, alas, alack.

    There was nothing for it but the mortal blow
    as my axe cleaved poor Boris’s fevered brow
    and he shuddered and turned turtle
    ‘midst the burgeoning lemon myrtle.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Doug Jacquier April 19, 2020 / 9:10 pm

      PS – The ironic component of my contribution is that I have never owned an automatic lawn mower, let alone a possessed one. The lawnmowing role at our house is undertaken by a nearby grandson, under threat of disinheritance if he demurs. (It will be character-building for him when he discovers that he has inherited two-fifths of five-eighths of my debts.) However his burden will be relieved shortly when we move into our new down-sized forever home (think Tardis with a view), where there will be no lawns. I love the smell of concrete in the morning. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      • Chelsea Owens April 19, 2020 / 11:06 pm

        It’s like my husband says, “I want a big yard …I would automate everything.”


    • Chelsea Owens April 24, 2020 / 11:09 pm

      I was so confused reading through it the first time! 😀 Then, I backed up my thinking and realized it was about a lawnmower. Too clever for terrible, Doug!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Doug Jacquier April 25, 2020 / 5:54 am

        The title wasn’t a give-away? 😉 I agree though that my desire for laughs keeps overcoming my desire for terribility.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens April 19, 2020 / 1:12 pm

      😥 Seriously. I’d bury it if that wasn’t toxic for the environment. 🌸

      Liked by 1 person

      • H.R.R. Gorman April 19, 2020 / 5:47 pm

        I’m not sure what I would do. I’d probably take it to get the monitor replaced, then save it for when I make a trip to e-waste.

        Or pull it apart for kicks and giggles.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. dumbestblogger April 19, 2020 / 11:15 am


    Stepping on land mines is not nice
    But Walter has a way with strife
    It seems absurd
    But please believe
    Now Walter has an iron knee

    Liked by 3 people

  7. obbverse April 20, 2020 / 1:21 am

    Dead Mans Chest.

    I saw her here
    I saw her there,
    It would appear
    I saw her everywhere.

    In the school bus
    I sat and stared,
    I dreamed of us
    As if she cared.

    In my fevered mind
    I looked suave and cool,
    She seemed obstinately blind,
    Friends said, kind of cruel.

    Then, as we passed by
    A look, though fleeting
    Registered in her eye-
    Two pupils meeting.

    So it came to pass
    With one come-hither glance
    That Delilah of a lass
    Led this fool a merry glance.

    She had her fun
    At my sad expense,
    Fair heart I’d not won-
    Her warm heart a pretense.

    She left me distraught
    That devils daughter,
    Without a second thought
    Wrenched at my aorta.

    My teen dreams shattered,
    Much like my pride,
    Left bowed and battered-
    Something deep inside me died.

    Now I’ve a busted heart,
    Broken in twain
    The only good bloody part-
    It won’t break ever again

    Liked by 1 person

    • Doug Jacquier April 20, 2020 / 12:06 pm

      Clever stuff, Obb, especially:
      Registered in her eye-
      Two pupils meeting.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens April 24, 2020 / 11:10 pm

      Alas, that such a woman crossed your path!


    • Doug Jacquier April 20, 2020 / 3:32 pm

      Won’t have to about the dust making you sneeze any more 😉


      • Doug Jacquier April 20, 2020 / 3:33 pm

        Take 2: Won’t have to worry about the dust making you sneeze any more 😉


  8. trentpmcd April 20, 2020 / 6:55 pm

    Five Feet

    It was just five feet
    Oh, so very sweet
    Down the fairway
    With a single play
    Then a chip shot
    Within five feet of the pot
    It was my day!
    Five feet
    Creating victory from defeat
    Sink it and I win
    Endless rounds of gin
    If I miss the hole in the ground
    I buy round after round
    Five feet – I can’t miss
    The ball needs just a little kiss
    Just five feet, for heaven’s sake!

    And that’s why my putter
    Is at the bottom of the lake….

    Liked by 2 people

    • Doug Jacquier April 20, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      As an recovering golfer I feel your pain. My driver once ended up stuck up a pine tree. 😁 Well done, Trent.

      Liked by 1 person

      • trentpmcd April 21, 2020 / 5:25 am

        lol, not a great place for a driver… My parents were avid golfers – my dad even watched golf on TV! – but I only played a few times. Enough to understand the frustration it can bring, though 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • trentpmcd April 25, 2020 / 5:28 am

        Could be… How about “Don’t ruin a perfectly good walk by bringing along those silly clubs” 😉

        Liked by 1 person

        • Chelsea Owens April 25, 2020 / 7:11 am

          😀 I’m good with that, but I also lack any golfing ability.

          Liked by 1 person

          • trentpmcd April 25, 2020 / 9:23 am

            Mark Twain supposedly said golf is a good walk spoiled, but it was first used (and as a quote by him) 30 years after he died, so…. Yeah, I have zero golfing ability…

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  9. bereavedandbeingasingleparent April 23, 2020 / 10:02 am

    Well here goes and I can’t think of a a better subject here then ME…..
    Face it I am a muppet
    As useful as badly worn glove puppet

    The youthful sporting body is sadly no more

    Now this used body constantly needs to visit the drugstore
    I just can’t bend over without making a groan

    I can only move thanks to heaps of cortisone

    Once brimming with dreams of adventure and success
    Now I’m wracked with anxieties and filled with stress

    Everyday is filled with mistake after mistake

    Always sweeping up the stuff I carelessly brake
    Increasingly covered in dust

    With a bank balance which has gone bust

    These days definitely more rounded in the middle

    Watching life fly past featuring only as a second fiddle

    No more than a terrible poetry bard

    Maybe it’s time for me to visit the knackers yard

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