Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Magpie #30 - What a Waste! - September 7, 2010

For twenty years, he'd suffered,
He'd dreaded every single day,
His wife was never satisfied,
He couldn't please her any way.

She'd always wanted children,
But it wasn't meant to be,
And she was most adamant,
No adopted family!

She lived in isolation,
And felt that he should, too,
His only respite was his job,
He hated when his shift was through.

She had no family of her own,
And she balked at a social life,
He wondered how he'd ever,
Asked her to be his wife.

She refused to see a doctor,
She denied there was a need,
She grew angier and more distant,
When he would try and plead.

She was always finding fault,
Though he helped about the house.
His mates at the factory teased him,
That he was a henpecked spouse.

Finally, he felt his mind snap,
He could take no more abuse,
With the weekend looming ahead,
He knew the route he'd choose.

He had it planned and ready,
For his wife ate an apple a day,
She had only taken a bite,
When she unsteadily began to sway.

As she collapsed, lifeless,
He had his suitcase in his hand,
For he had a flight to catch,
To a faraway distant land.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c) 2010 by Carmen Henesy
All rights reserved.

I am participating in Willow's Magpie Tales.


  1. by golly, you almost want to say KUDO's to the chap.

  2. Gosh, I know some women like this. Sometimes you feel like feeding them a poisoned apple!

  3. OOOOOh, the dark underbelly of the apple!

  4. Anonymous8:09 AM

    The worm that turned! Nice Magpie!

  5. Very clever! Good one Carmen. Good for him.

  6. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Nice blog.. good to know about you.

  7. Whoa! I didn't see that coming. Maybe he should have just left, and skipped the apple part.

  8. heh heh ....what an amusing poem! Be giving some ideas...!

  9. Yes I say very clever also high fives on this one Larry

  10. ouch....only takes one bad apple...
    Clever Magpie! Hope he got away!

  11. like the poem story

  12. I hope he escaped somewhere exotic amd lived happily ever after! Wonderful poem, Carmen!

  13. Dark poor apples how did they come by such a rep. I've heard apple seeds are toxic but my sister munched down 8 when she was just 10, cores seeds and all. Of course she did have internal health problems most of her life since.....?

  14. Goodness, this is very good......:-) Hugs

  15. C.J. -
    I agree - the wife was such a witch, you almost cheered the husband on!!

    willow -
    I, too, have known a few women like this. I am amazed that their husbands haven't divorced them and moved on!

    Helen -
    At least the apple is not so messy!!!

    madamebutterfly -
    Sometimes there is a last straw!

    Glynis -
    I thought about writing a sweet magpie about a
    child bringing an apple to his teacher but the
    murder won out.

    Bindu -
    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me.

    Sharkbytes -
    Well, yes, you do have a point. It would have made a lot more sense for him just to go...but I had to come up something to write to the apple theme....

    Lena -
    Being a nurse in the health care field, I should have been nice and written something like, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"...

    Larry -
    I decided I needed to do something a little different for a change...a nice murder!

    kathew -
    If anyone deserved to escape, he did. He certainly paid his dues.

    sm -
    How nice of you to read my magpie tale...not exactly a love story this time.

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti -
    I'm glad you read my magpie...a bit different from my usual poetry. I am so much enjoying your beautiful blogs about San Francisco.

    Tumblewords -
    I appreciate your visit to my "apple" pie!

    Sukhmandir Kaur -
    I, too, have read that apple seeds contain cyanide but I think one must consume a large number of them to create problems.

    Bernie -
    How nice to see you..it seems quite awhile. Is it starting to get cold in Alberta?

  16. This packs a wallop! Very imaginative poem.

  17. This is a great one, Carmen! I feel like screaming "man, run, run for your life!"