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All Change

This year I turned the big ‘5-0’
And my body is acting strange
So I went to see the doctor who said
Not to worry, as I was going through ‘the change.’

“Is there anything I can take?” I asked
He replied, “There’s HRT
But I don’t believe in prescribing it,
Let’s try to deal with this naturally!”

You could have knocked me backwards
And I thought, all well and good for him
It wasn’t his raging hormones 
Making him feel like a stranger within

He doesn’t get narked, by the little things
That before would go over his head
Or wake up at night, in a lather of sweat
And have to get up to change his bed

It isn’t him having palpitations
Which make you feel like you’re going to die
It’s not him, who feels angry one moment
And the next as if he could cry

He’s not lapsing in concentration
Or feels like he’s his losing his mind,
Because he put the milk in the washing machine
And it took him an hour to find!

It isn’t he who keeps feeling so crap
When a ‘monthly’ is missed or comes late
And I bet he never just has to look at food
In order for him to gain weight!

He’s not always taking medicine for thrush
Or constantly needing to pee
So I bet he’d be first to pop the pills
If it was him going through this, not me

So I looked at him and said “I’ll give it a go
But I don’t really hold much hope”
And walked out of his surgery, feeling as though
I could have hung him with some rope!

But off I went and months have gone past
Of getting worse doing - ‘naturally,’
So I’ve made an appointment with a lady doc
Who might take pity, and prescribe ‘HRT.’

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  1. Date: 5/16/2010 6:57:00 AM
    Ill be 51 on june 1st and already gone through change after birth of kid and I am so glad not to have those sweats anymore this made me smile not cause you going through this but know what your goign through I could not take hormone thearpathy it made me sick and gave me sever headaches so now I just hope body produces it again congrats

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 5:52:00 AM
    fantastic!!!, you could be me right now!, love this, and thanks for putting it all in words that even men can understand!!!!!1

  1. Date: 5/15/2010 4:59:00 AM
    this is precious, Janette. Will have to have my wife read it. She will totally understand of late!! Congrats on your feature this week. Robert

  1. Date: 5/13/2010 7:50:00 PM
    Congrats Janette on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a wonderful choice to feature and share with us all ..luv.. Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 5/12/2010 2:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured write this week Janette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 2:05:00 PM
    Congrats on this reality check poem being featured. Always a pleasure, Janette. Vince

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 7:40:00 PM
    Congrats Janette on your fetured poem this week on the Soup.. excellent choice to feature and share...luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 2:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your fine poem being featured on the Soups Homepage Janette >> James

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 12:19:00 PM
    Very funny. I told my doctor I was going through it and he just thought I was crazy literally and put me in the hospital on the wrong kind of therapy. Ellen

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 6:32:00 AM
    It's beautiful way of laughing on your own with lot of saying for others. Excellent poem. Thanks. Best wishes and love Ravindra.......Janette F

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 12:39:00 PM
    very good write I can relate to your hot & cold flashes try furngreek it helped me. I laughed at some of this but it is all true. Blessings

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 5:53:00 PM
    thanks for sharing a womans point of view........for this write i will be more understanding to those in this situation!

  1. Date: 12/3/2009 2:49:00 PM
    Thanks for your acknowledgement o f my featured poem! Your poem, while funny, is unfortunately true for too many women. I just turned fifty this year too. Check out my poem On Turning 50 - nothing to do with menopause.

  1. Date: 11/29/2009 5:50:00 AM
    I could hardly read this through laughter!!!! I'm still laughing NOW! Thank you for this, witty, intelligent write!!!! It's good to laugh, as I'm sure any women reading this WILL!! love Simone

  1. Date: 11/21/2009 12:33:00 PM
    Hee Haaa Haaa Heeeey ... Hooo Boy... I Loved This One ... going into my Fav's ... Excellent Write ... MoonBee (Heeee Haaa LOL)

  1. Date: 11/4/2009 11:30:00 PM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comments Janette.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 11/3/2009 4:49:00 AM
    Janette, oh you had me feeling so sad for you. I am so glad you are going to another doctor. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/2/2009 10:33:00 AM
    You have found humor and expressed it beautifully in a situation that is truly not funny for some women. LVery well done. LThank you for your comments on my poetry. Joyce

  1. Date: 11/2/2009 9:29:00 AM
    Oh, Janette, this is so outrageously funny (and a bit sad at the same time)! The male doctor obviously hadn't a clue what you were going through, so I'm glad you're going to see a woman. I was laughing all the way through this and would like to share it with my big sister who has complained of some of the same symptoms. I should think most women only have to "look at food" to gain weight. Awesome write! A favorite for me. Love, Carolyn