Here we are in September, and I’m still hanging in there with my post a day challenge. I have written a lot of poetry using different styles since I started in January. I’m not saying it has been great poetry. I’ll admit most of it wouldn’t win any contests. Surprisingly, Word Daddy has stuck with me through the ordeal. He still says he wants a raise. This month I plan to write Soliloquies. These are rambling monologues where the poet has conversations with herself. I believe this will be my biggest challenge since I don’t often talk to myself. I want to put a disclaimer right at the front of the adventure. The views expressed are the inner dialog of the poet. They might be total bs, but they are real. The first poem in this series I will call Baby Doll in the Mailbox.
Baby Doll in the Mailbox
Rooster forgot he’d put her there
The way Roosters will sometimes do.
A simple solution to a forgotten doll
When a busy child forgot to care
About her doll so pretty and new
My husband made the late-night call
The baby would be in the mailbox
In case we weren’t at home or asleep
They could get the doll any time they wished.
Imagine how we both suffered shocks
Two days later, it gave us the creeps
The baby doll was still tightly squished.
The baby doll smiled at our antics.
We’d forgotten Rooster had placed her there
And it all seemed
A little overdramatic.
Until you thought about how realistic
That baby doll looked curled into a ball
I wonder if we’d broken a postal law
And how unexpected
It was to find a baby in a mailbox
On a Sunday afternoon
Not making a sound of protest at her condition
Not to mention
How without a doubt
We’d give the mail lady a heart attack
If we didn’t take the baby out.
Our granddaughter would have to wait
To retrieve her doll from the mailbox womb.
The hour was getting late
When I happened to think
It’s important to pay attention.
Sometimes an easy solution
to a tiny problem is only an easy fix
It’s never a good idea
When you add throwing
A baby out with the bathwater into the mix.
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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