Stressed To Kill


Bodhirose has set today’s prompt.

Our challenge for today is to use the following fourteen words in the order presented: stay, sits, play, wits, fits, comedy, flits, tragedy, eye, smart, cry, heart, moan, stone.  These words were borrowed from a sonnet by Edmund Spenser.
So we will be writing a fourteen line poem with each of these words being our end line rhymes and they must be used in the order presented.  You may choose to write a sonnet using iambic pentameter if you wish (as was traditional) but it isn’t necessary.

PS. I’ve changed the ending on this. Apologies to early commentators, but I should have stuck with my original idea 🙂


If you were I would you ask me to stay?
Considering the way consorting sits
with you. Your inability to play
a simple game of chess. Where are your wits?

I’ve heard them call you numbskull – well it fits.
In fact you could be labelled comedy
on legs. Your concentration dives and flits
from here to there. It’s such a tragedy.

And please don’t try that melancholy eye.
You ought to know by now I’m much too smart
to fall for your pathetic ‘love me’ cry.
It’s not that I am mean and have no heart,

but don’t you know, you silly dog, I’ll moan
when mud’s awash the best Venetian stone.

About ShirleyB

I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.
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19 Responses to Stressed To Kill

  1. Bodhirose says:

    Marvelous use of the words, Shirley, well done! Those last two lines made me smile.

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  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I agree, this is so well done 😀 touche

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  3. hypercryptical says:

    Love it – the last two lines made me smile too.
    Anna :o]

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  4. Candy says:

    love the idea of moaning to a statue – clever use of this form

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  5. Mary says:

    I am really impressed with this one! Truly I wouldn’t know that you had written to the form…as it makes SUCH perfect sense!

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  6. Fun twist in your closing, Shirley! The stone won’t mind – moan on! 😉

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  7. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Very clever & well crafted, incorporating the chosen words in comfortable & witty narrative.

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  8. Grace says:

    Well that ending line was unexpected ~ Enjoyed your twist to the story Shirley ~

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  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Very cleverly done.

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  10. Enjoy the “snarkiness” of this–my favorite line has to be:
    I’ve heard them call you numbskull – well it fits

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  11. Truedessa says:

    Well, there seems to be a bit of bitterness between the lines.

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    • ShirleyB says:

      Yes, I wondered that. My original idea was that N was talking to a dog.

      But don’t you know, you silly dog, I’ll moan
      with mud awash the best Venetian stone.

      Perhaps I should have stuck!


  12. Such a wonderful relationship you show.. Sometimes people’s way of acting up can make you angry…

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  13. Okay, now I want to know what those two lines were that everyone loved but you changed! I love the poem, but curiosity is going to drive me crazy. I guess that’s what I get for coming late to the party. 😉

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  14. lillian says:

    Clever! You’ve risen well above the form….don’t even notice it in the sense this makes. Smiling I am!

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  15. radio head says:

    What a clever title! I love to do this when I write: take a common phrase and twist it into something new.

    I love your poem. I think you brought something fresh to every required end-word. Great rhythm throughout, as well.

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  16. Scrabble or chess..
    games not conducive
    to ADHD way..
    turn on the TV..
    Radio.. dance
    and read..
    and then
    i can

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  17. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Katie.


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