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Don't Poke the Bear

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Don't Poke the Bear

He'd had a bad day, he was snapping and snarling.
His behavior,  it was anything but darling.

But I couldn't shut up, be compassionate and care.
Oh, hell no, not me.  I had to poke the bear.

His eyes were red coals.  He sputtered and shrieked.
Sure I'd just made it worse and now he  had freaked.


Off to the store for ice cream for his highness
and to keep my rabid tongue from some of it's wryness.

In the line before me someone was hunting for money.
My ice cream was melting, my disposition, not sunny.

Instead of patience and a rational aire,
oh no, not me, I had to poke that bear.

"Hey Lady !, we're waiting, you could let us go through"
She threw down her coins and started counting anew.


With running ice cream, home I now went,
where old grumpy-pants temper tantrum seemed spent.

I scooped out his ice-cream, delivered it to his side.
He glanced at it , then me, and made a comment quite snide.

I could have said "sorry, it melted somewhat"
but oh no, not me, I had a different thought.

I couldn't be contrite, compassionate and fair.
That just isn't me. I had to poke that bear.

After some comments about ice cream and his weight
I bit my tongue but I bit it too late.


So heed my advice and just be aware
when things are going bad, just don't poke the bear

Copyright © Francine Roberts

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  1. Date: 8/12/2012 9:23:00 PM
    HI Francine, I think getting a rise out of someone is worth the effort! You obviously like to keep peace in the family. I did enjoy your patient attitude in dealing with his highness and wonder if it is your grandson or son?

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 9:32:00 AM
    I had to chuckle along with this one..It was just what I needed today..Yes, sometimes a kind answer turns away wrath..Sara

    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick
    Date: 7/31/2012 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I place my ice cream in the microwave for a few seconds so that it is not so hard for me to scoup it out with my arthritic hands..My husband looks at it and you don't want to know what he said..Sara
  1. Date: 7/28/2012 4:33:00 PM
    gonna make a comment,forget it ,I won't poke the bear,lol,great lol write lol Francine,fav

  1. Date: 7/28/2012 1:18:00 PM
    Laughing...ohhhh so much !! Love this cute poem !! I like the twists and turns it took.

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 12:01:00 PM
    hmmm, I didn't find any contest, but I could have sworn I read at least one or two other poems besides yours that used poke the bear in it!! Maybe you inspired them!

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 11:30:00 AM
    "Don't poke the bear" is good advice to anyone who wants to see a bull market and stock prices rise.

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 11:29:00 AM
    Hey I was waiting to see what happened after you poked the bear that LAST time, with a line about his weight!! This is really cute, like something you might read in a fun book of poems on social manners. I really like it , Francine. I can see there is some kind of contest about poking bears going on. I better check it out!!

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 7:43:00 AM
    ha! i liked the way you took the theme and created a little story with it. nice one!

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 3:09:00 AM
    Like this one done!!! - Have a smiling day. - oxox love Anne-Lise:)

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 1:02:00 AM
    Still laughing Francine, love it xx

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 10:38:00 PM
    ROFL!! Okay, that IS funny! Now I'm off to bed with a silly smile plastered to my face. How long before someone asks what's up with the bear? Hmmm,,,, may tag someone. Hmmm.... Hugs, Cyndi