Poetry Week boasts a funny bone, by Karen S. Elliott

Painful Process

Can’t write
I’m blankfamily march 3
Last typed
It stank

Sitting here
Fingers quiet
Cursor blinks
Creative diet

Tapping keyboard
Marking time
Can’t make

Fingers stiff
Head full
Set to lull

Beers swilled, shots tossed
Slouching now
Completely lost

Slammed closed
Deadline missed
I’m hosed

Grab pen
Ink to page
No sense
Growing rage

Rip it up
Start fresh
Stanzas done
Still a mess

Note to self
Bury head
Give it up
Go to bed.


What is an ode?
Just a part of something else.

It’s unearthed in a mother lode,
And buried in a secret code.

Shaped inside a fashion model,
Sung amongst a mountain yodel.



Stomach rumbles, a little erp
Should have waited on the buttery popcorn.

Mouth opens, roiling burp
Wish I’d passed up that Tex-Mex chili dog, y’all.

My clenching stomach is swilling greasy
Shoulda said no gracias on the empanadas.

Makes me green and sickly queasy
A little nein on the brats and kraut would have been a good idea.

Stop this mechanized lightning bolt
Why didn’t I say no grazie on the porchetta panini?

Screeching wheels jar me to a halt
I couldn’t think of kekkou desu, no thank you, before I ate the sushi.

Let me off, find a bucket
The international buffet is making a come-back.



I worry about the tasty fishes,
Swimming with the sharks.
I’m sure the sharks look upon those little fishes,
As tasty, miniature, lunch-time dishes.


DSC_4478-copyKaren S. Elliott was raised by a mother who wanted to be an English teacher and who worked for Merriam-Webster as a proofreader and an aunt who could complete the Sunday New York Times crossword in a day. Their favorite expression was, “Look it up!” Karen reads punctuation and grammar manuals for fun. Karen is an editor and proofreader, blogger, and writer. Her short stories have been featured in The Rose & Thorn Journal, Every Child is Entitled to Innocence anthology, Valley Living Magazine, BewilderingStories.com, and WritingRaw.com.


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9 responses to “Poetry Week boasts a funny bone, by Karen S. Elliott

  1. Grinning broadly…great way to start the day. Your “Painful Process” speaks for every writer I know! And your mother and aunt would be proud of “Ode” – it reflects your love and fascination with words, which I know you attribute to them.

  2. I’m going through a “Painful Process” as we speak and can relate well to what you have said. Loved the “Fishes” and I can see myself on that roller coaster. Loved the poems, loved them all.

  3. I’M LAUGHING AND SMILING AND NODDING MY HEAD YES IN SYMPATHY. May I print out your “Painful Process” poem to share with my creative writing students? This poem will lighten them up, and help them see that we’re all caught in that web of blank dismay once in awhile.

    As I suspected, you have a wicked sense of humor, drawn creatively in your poems here. Fabulous.

  4. Karne, as roughwighting said, you do have a wicked sense of humor! 😉
    Your ‘Painful Process” had me uh-huhing all along!

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