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Try opening your ears and shutting your beak
You never listen, incessantly you shriek

So now that my claw has stifled your chatter
I’ll give it to you straight; here’s what’s the matter

The hatchlings have flown, you’ve empty nest syndrome
You’ve even tried squawking at the garden gnome

What you’re experiencing is menopause
Please realize that this is part of nature’s laws

One of our babes invited me to her nest
Where I will be treated as an honored guest

I would suggest you try finding a new spouse
One who doesn’t mind listening to you grouse

If need be, I’ll get a restraining order
I’ll take no more of your panic disorder

If you try stalking me, you’ll get a surprise
Such attempts might lead to your own demise

I am retiring and just want some peace now
The cat’s my friend, so beware of his meow

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  1. Date: 5/16/2011 11:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Francine's contest Carolyn. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 5/14/2011 7:02:00 PM
    Congrats on this CHIRPY WIN! I know, I am a cornball. I like how you ditched the male bird and have a watch dog--the CAT! ha ha. So sweet. Waiting on Mike Huckabee's see if he's throwing his hat in the ring....HOPE YOU R WELL MY FRIEND..neurologist's news? Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/14/2011 9:07:00 AM
    Super enjoyed this very funny write, she has empty nest syndrome.. and went squawking at the garden gnome!!! Wow, Carolyn.. Congrats on your fine win in the contest with this brilliant piece of poetry...

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 2:02:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 10:53:00 AM
    I remember reading this one! A fabulous win! many congrats to you

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 8:52:00 AM
    LOL - love this one. Many congratulations on your win, Carolyn : ) Hope you're having a good day - it can't be long to wait for the boat trip now...

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 7:49:00 AM
    I had to laugh with the "menopause' line...however...that is sometimes no laughing matter....!!! What a cute poem this is! Congratulations!!!

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 5:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win in the contest of francine, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/11/2011 5:38:00 AM
    Awe man! I can't get enough of these awesome poems, Carolyn! All I've been doing this am with my first coffee is laughing. I didn't thinki they could get any funnier until I just read yours! Awesome Carolyn. I fully intended on having a rotten day and now y'all blew that! :) Congratulations to you on a great win.

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 9:33:00 PM
    Many congrats dear friend for this super win. God Bless always.

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 9:28:00 PM
    carols, this is really a daunting, memorable piece.. big cheers for the hefty win!!:) huggs

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 9:06:00 PM
    OH.. LNC..will we ever get a chance to talk? this is just to have a great sense of humor. love..BG oh..congrats. lol. BG

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 9:02:00 PM
    Yes Carolyn you have the swing , on those birdies dingalings, the friendly Cat is standing by, a meal will stop one flippin flyiin congrats Don

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 8:10:00 PM
    Good job. Congrats.

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 7:49:00 PM
    Hey Carolyn, A cute and entertaining story poem for Francine's contest. What vitamins do you take to keep the creative mind so sharp? My goodness..u are a fountain of creativity! Congrats. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 7:39:00 PM
    congrats Carolyn on your 5th place win in my contest, just adorable

  1. Date: 5/9/2011 2:40:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your poem. Good luck in the contest. Love, Vie.

  1. Date: 5/8/2011 5:43:00 AM
    excellent as allways my dear carolyn

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 1:22:00 PM
    Cut..Reads like a winner..Thanks for the kind review of my work "Chiccory Coffee"..My aunt was special but she lived to be 80..Sara

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 9:58:00 AM
    LOL this one was great fun, Carolyn - a winner for sure : ) I had a beer and wished Gran a happy birthday - I can hardly believe it's been 11 years. I don't think we have any candles. Glad you've found out how it happened at least - they should be made to have https. Have a wonderful weekend : )