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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

*Entry for Francine’s “Enough!” contest
May 5, 2011

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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 : )

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 7:08:00 AM

    Always a pleasure to read your amazing poetry Carolyn. Have a wonderful weekend filled with good health, love, and inspiration to continue your poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 6:38:00 AM

    ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS! If this doesn't win the contest then something is fishy in Denmark. You have captured what any belabored spouse might be thinking. I take it that you speak from experience. Bravo, Carolyn! Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 9:36:00 PM

    Very well thought out and written, Carolyn. Good luck in the contest. Glad you continue to write! Got your message and I will respond shortly! Call me anytime, dear friend! Love, Caroline.

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 9:26:00 PM

    Great job LNC..loved your rhymes..This will be at the top...BG

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 9:17:00 PM

    lol, a smart technique to interpret the picture, carols... love the way this progressed! a winner for me! :) huggs .. soup mail!

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 9:12:00 PM

    hahaha, hey, your way of seeing it is kinda like mine. COOL!

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 7:55:00 PM

    Avian Menopause!! Cool concept and use of personification! You are excellent with couplets...u know I am newer to poetry so I study how you pro's do your thing! It surely looks like the chick in your poem is tired of oppression...she now has the upper hand...I mean upper BEAK! Best of luck in this contest! Praying for your tired heart tonite..pray it mends itself and that the docs have the wisdom to help!

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 5:22:00 PM

    Good one, Carolyn! (I know I talk too much! lol...are you talking to me??? Just kidding my friend.) It was a fun read throughout. Enough already!!! LOL I love you lots. I'm glad I read this. It made my evening. Big Smiles. Dane Ann

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 5:15:00 PM

    Alright Carolyn! You go girl! Love this poem of yours... everything about it. Out of the ordinary ..had me smiling all the way to the meow. And thank you for your enjoyable comment. Your friend ,Rob

  1. Date: 5/5/2011 4:50:00 PM

    soup mail!!