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Annoyed At Work

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Annoyed At Work

When Monday morning rolls around
and one of my guys calls me five minutes 
before it's time to start
to tell me he can't make it because he's sick(I call it Mondaymonia)
That annoys me ...

When it's 110 degrees outside with 90% humidity,
and I have face sweat, head sweat, chest sweat,
arm-pit sweat, foot sweat, knee sweat,
and the ever annoying butt crack sweat,
and someone small-talks me with, "Hot out today, ain't it?"
"Naw! It's frickin' freezin' Mr. Bigglesworth! ... Course it's hot!"
That annoys me ... 

When Joe gulps his coffee in the morning
and it sounds like a drowning cow
That annoys me ...

When I have to climb 200 feet up the side of a grain elevator
in a thunderstorm
because someone forgot to close the inspection door
That annoys me ...

When I'm welding in a tight spot
sitting Indian Style
and a hot piece of slag falls,
burning its way through my pants,
stopping briefly to scorch my meat and taters,
then tumbling down until it comes to rest snugly under a butt cheek,
causing me to jump up
and gouge a hole in my scalp
on a jagged hunk of metal
I just can't tell you how very annoying that is ...


*For Frank's, What Annoys You Contest

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  1. Date: 8/31/2013 12:43:00 PM
    I am so totally annoyed for you ! Bang up job on this superbly written piece of cleverly spun wit :)

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 10:36:00 AM
    Wahaha..I got free entertainment with this annoying charming hilariuos sweet poem..Annoying indeed.: )

    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop
    Date: 6/26/2013 10:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hilarious..i meant:)
  1. Date: 6/22/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Congrats, Caleb...seeing your name there brought me joy! Hugs!

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 9:56:00 PM
    I'm so glad to see this worthy win in the contest. Congrats, my friend.

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 4:37:00 PM
    Congratulations Caleb...is it hot yet? Oh no! :-)

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 1:18:00 PM
    Hilarious Caleb!...Never heard the male genitalia called 'meat and taters' either! Congratulations and thanks for the laugh - Tim

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 12:20:00 PM
    Hahaha...enjoyed this Very Much Caleb!Congrats!

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Haha. Loved it Caleb ...Seren

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 7:47:00 PM
    Congrats Caleb, I loved this poem the first time I read it, way to go xxx

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 6:52:00 PM
    I was laughing so hard !!!!! Sorry to find your misery so amusing, your dilemmas so confusing.......and your temper so bruised and abused.....but your musings are hilarious, Caleb!!!!

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 2:56:00 PM
    WOW! This is really annoying. The poem is good and I hope you win. Thanks for sharing...... Lucilla

  1. Date: 6/12/2013 12:05:00 AM
    Good one Caleb In Australia it was called Mondayitis. I will have to think waht annoys me It is good to make it funny. SuZ

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 11:16:00 PM
    forgot to ask you. CAn you enter contests yet?? What a crying shame.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 9:52:00 PM
    really Caleb...awesome!!!!as usual......was that rare or well done meat??? Just..askin'!haha....my hubby had a piece of slag fall in an ear and burn a hole in his ear drum...ouch.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 8:00:00 AM
    There was nothing annoying about your poem, it thoroughly entertained me. Ouch for that last stanza. Well done. I am sure this will be a winner.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 12:54:00 AM
    Go to the head of the class, YOU. This rocks!!!!

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 11:47:00 AM
    - Yes, know the annoyance ..... however, work and money we must have .... "Mondaymonia" it is well known in Norway as well. - Well done, Caleb - Good luck in the contest! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 11:41:00 AM
    Caleb....I wonder if some of this stuff really happens to ya! I mean...how do you survive? Remember....I'm the gullible sort...I mean the stuff about the hot piece of slag???? OH...my! OUCH! yea....humidity gets to me too. Why do students keep wanting to hug and kiss me when the humidity is making me want to melt??? ;) Good one! Your write has brought me a smile!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 6/10/2013 2:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad to know those accidents haven't caused any damage! ;) As for the scars on the hands and arms....hmmmm...adds to the charm, don't worry!
  1. Date: 6/10/2013 10:22:00 AM
    This is a winner in my book Caleb, I always knew yo were hot stuff, winning wishes and MEOW! xxx

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 7:45:00 AM
    This is hilarious! (Not the part about you getting injured!) You are too funny, Caleb. I think I would've used a stronger word than "annoyed" for most of these haha. My fave was the one about the "drowning cow" coffee drinker. I have a few of those nearby too! :)