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I Want, But Don't Need Yes, "I Want, But Don't Need" is my waistwatcher creed as I walk by each vending machine. All those chocolate chips calling out to my hips, colored Reese's in pieces - obscene! Will willpower surmount the cholesterol count of PayDays or some Rice Krispie Treats? Can I even forsake the caloric intake of LifeSavers, the smallest of sweets? Yummy Snickers and Kit-Kats, peanut M&Ms, with three flavors of Hostess fruit pie, I am hoping my brain simply vetoes the Cheetos, Doritos, and Fritos, oh my! Dare I ponder the truth of the harm Baby Ruth will inflict on my belly's increase? Soon my sweet tooth will bargain with riveting jargon, "Please buy it, I'll just eat a piece! Then there's Hershey's and Twix, and six kinds of trail mix. And the drinks! Pepsi, Root beer, and Coke, Dr. Pepper, YooHoo, Orange Crush, Mt. Dew render new resolutions a joke. Then two hours post-lunch, there's that nice Nestle Crunch overwhelming my stoic resolve, And the Heath bars and Dove bars and Clark bars and Mars bars enticing my will to dissolve. I am one of those hoarders of nickels and quarters - should ever the munchies catch fire. Self-control starts to fail when those Oreos hail, calling out to my carnal desire. In a fog, I hear clinking of coins, with lights blinking then eating and drinking. No sorrow! For I just HAD to buy it, the heck with my diet - "Whole 30" can just start tomorrow!

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Date: 3/28/2020 4:19:00 PM
This was delightful! Only I am now craving some candy! Congratulations on your wonderful win John! Well deserved. xxoo
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Date: 3/28/2020 4:51:00 PM
Thank you Connie! This write seems to have that affect on people... even as I type this, I am about to down a Reese's peanut butter cup, yum! Gotta be careful though, as my exercise has tailed off significantly this month...
Date: 3/27/2020 8:17:00 PM
way to go, my friend. Wunderbar!!!! Does that mean congrats in German??
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Date: 3/27/2020 8:17:00 PM
oh, it means wonderful. I was close.
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Date: 3/28/2020 12:12:00 AM
Wunder bar sounds like it belongs in the vending machine!
Date: 3/27/2020 3:55:00 PM
Almost forgot the chocolate chip cookies! Maybe I'll do some baking this weekend. Will send you a virtual cookie!
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Date: 3/27/2020 4:01:00 PM
mmm, I can smell it already... happy baking!
Date: 3/27/2020 4:51:00 AM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing this witty piece, prudently and poetically presented. God bless you.
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Date: 3/27/2020 12:46:00 PM
Beata, thank you for uplifting words and blessing. God be with you this week, dear friend.
Date: 3/26/2020 11:54:00 PM
Am heading out to find a vending machine after reading your winner! Congratulations on your winning placement! Really nice weaving of all of these yummy treats into the flow of your and rhythm of your delicious poem! After reading it I think I just put on five pounds. Really fun, John!
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Date: 3/27/2020 1:29:00 AM
Grab some chocolate chip cookies for me while you're there! Happy to share some fun back with you after all your fun writes, Sam.
Date: 3/26/2020 11:05:00 PM
Ha! This is great John, and so enjoyable to read ... I got a kick AND some joys out of it, (going into faves)! After my first marriage I worked with vending machines for a few months in Boston (with my father-in-law) and saw the business from a new - much more admirable - way than I had prior. Not easy work. Great stuff, My Friend! :o)
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Date: 3/26/2020 11:56:00 PM
Great to see you here, my friend! I, too, worked with vending machines. My sophomore year in college. Honored to be a fav. Thanks for stopping by, I trust all is well.
Date: 3/26/2020 7:08:00 PM
Congrats, John, this really rattles off the vending machine contents with glee. You did well.
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Date: 3/26/2020 7:15:00 PM
Thank you for coming by to visit my vending machine ditty! Appreciate the kind words and congrats, Reason.
Date: 3/26/2020 5:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed this, John. As I mentioned to Nina in reply to her comment on my entry, the poems on her final list were really good, and this one truly enjoyable. It has great rhythm and flow as well a sense of humor. Congrats.
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Date: 3/26/2020 5:12:00 PM
Thanks Eric, enjoyed yours too. Congrats backatcha for #1!
Date: 3/26/2020 4:20:00 PM
back to say congratulations on your podium win, happy to see this one among the winners, it was a sweet read :) hugs
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Date: 3/26/2020 5:11:00 PM
Thanks for another trip to the vending machine, Sandra. I appreciate the "sweet" comment and congrats. Hugs/John
Date: 3/26/2020 4:17:00 PM
Marvellous stuff John! I love how this rattles along - or should that be waddles?! All the sweets and treats you stuffed in make this an absolutely delicious read. Congratulations on second place!
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Date: 3/26/2020 5:10:00 PM
Much honored, my dear Nina, having read so many good ones! A really fun contest, I hope you enjoyed sponsoring it, and I hope you do another one sometime ~ John
Date: 3/22/2020 12:37:00 PM
John your Rattling Rhyme I find all to true. Thanks for this delicious ditty. Enjoyed it.
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Date: 3/22/2020 7:44:00 PM
Love your comment, Kenneth - "delicious ditty"! Thank you!
Date: 3/21/2020 4:02:00 PM
Hello John, In this time of isolation and chaos and maneuvering this renders a great solution for all our needs! Loved it from beginning to end. Going to read it to my Grandson soon. Lonna
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Date: 3/22/2020 1:32:00 AM
Oh Lonna, I hope your grandson enjoys hearing it as much as I enjoyed writing it! You're right about the isolation and chaos. More humor and more snacks!
Date: 3/20/2020 12:55:00 PM
This definitely rattles along, and you have so many fun rhymes my head's whirling! For me, the ones I can't resist are peanut M&M's - this is an excellent entry for the contest!
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Date: 3/20/2020 1:30:00 PM
Me too, I simply cannot say no to a handful of peanut M&Ms! A guy down the hall started putting them out on his desk for anyone to enjoy - I think I gained 5 pounds in a week! So I found a way to update my silly rattle poem to include them. Thanks for the visit Michelle!
Date: 3/19/2020 10:03:00 PM
This poem made me giggle and also made me hungry, hahaha. Delicious write. Hug
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Date: 3/20/2020 1:04:00 AM
If angry + hungry = hangry, then giggling + hungry should be gingry, or higgling... Or not. Thanks for the lip-smacking comment, Cecilia!
Date: 3/19/2020 3:59:00 PM
YUMMY!!! I am getting hungry!! Is it snack time yet? :) This is cute, clever and creative. Your thoughts bring a smile and make me giggle, at the same time. A fun write, my dear friend. :) Brandy
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Date: 3/19/2020 5:10:00 PM
Glad I could make you smile, my friend.
Date: 3/17/2020 7:14:00 PM
John, Bravo, I think you pulled it off and you did it so TASTEFULLY. heehee. I have a poem kind of like this one that names all the different candies I could possibly think of. Wish I could remember the title. It might be an ABC type poem. Anyway, I sure hope Nina loves this one. My corona poem I did for her upsets me because the changes just this past week make my poem's lines untrue!
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Date: 3/19/2020 4:36:00 PM
P.S. Loved your pun, too!
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Date: 3/17/2020 7:41:00 PM
I'm glad you liked it. It kind of reminds me of some of your foodie poems!
Date: 3/17/2020 3:18:00 PM
You have mentioned so many of my favorite foods in here - especially most of my favorite candies! Loved the cadence of this one.
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Date: 3/17/2020 5:27:00 PM
Many of my favorites too, that's why they're so tempting! Thanks for the visit and kind words ~ John
Date: 3/17/2020 2:23:00 PM
what a fun rhyme scheme and poem this one way to read...as a diabetic I try to avoid those machines, but sometimes if my sugar is going low I will splurge on something, usually sweet, though at home if it drops, Cheetos are my quick snack of choice... best wishes in the contest, enjoyed this one :) hugs
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Date: 3/17/2020 3:09:00 PM
Love your comment, Sandra. Sorry to hear about your diabetes, must be a pain. Thanks for the best wishes, I hope you're staying healthy. Hugs ~ John
Date: 3/17/2020 10:42:00 AM
john - i am blown away by your rhyme in this poem - absolutely brilliant!!! my favorite lines are the ones with "vetoes, Chee-tos, Doritos and Fritos" - i wish i'd written it! (have to add this - it felt like a cross between dr. seuss and edgar allan poe!)
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Date: 3/17/2020 11:34:00 AM
Ilene, coming from such Rhyme Royalty, I am truly honored! And Poe and the good Doctor are 2 of my faves in the poetry world (Shel Silverstein makes it a trifecta). Love your comment!
Date: 3/16/2020 10:55:00 PM
Yummy, you made this so tasty. Good luck in the contest.
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Date: 3/16/2020 11:25:00 PM
Glad I could whet your appetite, Eve. Smiles ~ John
Date: 3/16/2020 8:27:00 PM
Well you've gotten my sweet tooth screaming at me again! Now I'm hungry. Great piece, good luck in the contest.
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Date: 3/16/2020 9:19:00 PM
Oops. I recommend you go turn on the news - that will take away your appetite, lol!
Date: 3/16/2020 8:26:00 PM
The smallest of sweets are often my weakness - M&M’s, candy corn.
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Date: 3/16/2020 9:17:00 PM
I know, right? "Just a couple of these and I'll be good". Next thing I know the bag is empty, lol!