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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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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