I took up the challenge this year to make a blog post every day. At first, it sounded like an easy task, but I soon discovered it more challenging than I ever imagined. For part of the year-long adventure, I explored different styles of poetry. I decided to revisit many of these styles in November. NaNoWriMo takes up most of my time during this month. Plus, the weather turns cold, making it hard to go on an adventure unless Rooster and I decide to visit our baby chick in New York City. Sometimes I get a hunger for the road. Christmas is right around the corner. I wrote this Proverbial poem because this is the time of year when I like to snuggle in bed where it is warm. I called it Consequences.
“You made your bed, now lie in it,” is a French Proverb suggesting a person had to live with the consequences of their decisions.
The consequence of an action
Are sometimes hard to accept
Life isn’t perfect like a well-made bed
Sometimes you need to rip the covers off
To see what’s hidden beneath the sheets
Regret is such a distraction
When attempting to salvage self-respect
Even if it was you who made the bed
Why would you want to lie in it?
Wrinkling up the quilt and the sheets
Consequences can be so dramatic
They can leave you numb and so frustrated
An unmade bed speaks to something incomplete
It was worth the risk to live your life more fully
Why would you leave a pillow lying on the floor?
Dire outcomes can leave you frantic
Leave to wonder if you should have waited
And pulled covers to your neck to be discrete
Instead of hanging out your dirty laundry for all to see
Then you wouldn’t have to lie in a made bed anymore.
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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