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This grinds my gears

Do you know what grinds my gears?
Its been building in me for a few years.
People driving and texting, just letting their mind linger.
They almost hit me, then cut me off, then give me the finger. 

Then the teacher tells everyone not to text during class.
She starts lecturing and all heads go down like a ceremony at mass.
They all just sit there and talk and text away, 
or just sit there and get frustrated at the games they play.

Another thing that gets under my skin and must go,
is when people talk to me, using phrases and words I don't know.
For Example, my friend spent some bones on a whip and got a bucket.
What? Is everyone all right?  What happened?  He explained it.

What that means is he spent money (bones) on a car (whip), 
and its a piece of crap (bucket), and it won't last on a long trip. 
Another is: I got a trick that we can flip and make some mad.
I'm not sure what he said, but I could end up in the most wanted ad.

Then he explains, he saw a nice car (trick), that we can buy and sell (flip), 
and make a lot of money (mad). So a bucket is a trick and trick is whip?
Why can't you just say car?  Because it sounds cool and you know it.
You sound like an idiot and I can't even understand you and I'm a poet. 

I don't get why this world has to be so frustrating and get in my head.
He's gonna skeet and drop it til then, so I have to figure out what he just said.  

**For Natalie Fllikkema's contest “What annoys you”?

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  1. Date: 8/13/2011 10:22:00 PM
    I understand this so well. It gets under a lot of people's skin. No wonder you won that contest.

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 10:10:00 PM
    Great poem, I think we have a new language here... Well done and congratulations on your win. Lee

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 6:16:00 PM
    Awesome Chris. great poem and thanks for the lingo lesson too. Congraatulations to you on your win

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 11:12:00 AM
    again chris...a rousing applause to you for the shining win! ..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 11:06:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 7:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Natalie's contest Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 6:54:00 AM
    congrats on your win cory

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 10:26:00 PM
    been there... you capture it marvelously! congrats on the win :)

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:31:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Chris. Excellent piece. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:15:00 PM
    Congrats Chris on a stupendous second place win with this rare beauty entry luv..

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 9:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on the second place win in the contest , Chris

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 7:37:00 PM
    Chris-This had me laughing so hard-I learned a few new 'words' myself :) "OK I will hollar at yo later, G" Ok, at least I tried :) A big congrats. to you!

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 2:34:00 PM
    Texting and driving are very dangerous, Chris. Wouldn't want to be driving down the road with someone in the car beside me texting. BUT, the second thing you mention really gets to me as well. When I made the transition from Catholic School to public school, I didn't even know the meaning of the profanity others were using. Today, I listen and still can't figure out what some folks are saying. Maybe I'm out of the loop, but it's nice to know I'm not alone. Winning wishes for you. Love, CD