Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sorry To Hear That


"Sorry to hear that,"
She always would say.
While others confided,
Their pains of the day.

"Sorry to hear that,"
Spouting their latest woes.
From their aching backs,
To their hammertoes.

"Sorry to hear that,
Sophia, please do not wail.
Surely things will get brighter,
It's just a hangnail."

"Sorry to hear that,"
Soothed everyone's ears.
Sadly, no one listened
To her troubles and fears.

"Sorry to hear that,"
Sighed sweet, dear old Meg,
As she sat on her bed,
And unhinged her leg.


  1. That's a brilliant piece, Julie. Clearly you have a knack for composing poems and I've been clicking through your back pages and reading them. They make me smile and, more importantly, they make me stop and think.

    Nicely done, my new friend!

    (I read your reply on the previous post. Thank you!!!)

  2. You captured sorry's perfectly. Indeed, it's easy to whine and not think about others woes.

  3. Wow! That was very powerful. It's true that those who suffer comfort others when they need comfort themselves.

  4. I think this one might be the best I've read yet. Powerful Julie! There is a good lesson in there for all of us!!!!

  5. My kind of lady. She and I would get along.

  6. Attitude is everything. Nicely done.

  7. Wonderful poem with a wonderful meaning

  8. Wow...especially the last sentence. What a fun read.

  9. Love Meg! I think I know that woman who wails over a hangnail.

  10. What a surprise in the last verse. Very touching indeed. Great "S" word, rather phrase.

  11. Definitely a surprise ending. Fun.

  12. Thank you, Yvonne!

    Delores - I feel the same way!

    Shady - I really appreciate your kind words! I'm glad to know that my poems/stories make you "stop and think." Thanks for making my day, Shady!

    Joanne - I knew I forgot something for the letter "P!" Yes, this poem is all about perspective and point of view, Joanne!

    Arleen - Nice play on words, Arleen! Thank you!

    Debra - Sad, but true!

    Joanne - Many people always think that they have it worse. Thanks Joanne!

    Chrys - It says a lot about a person who's caring enough to do that. Great point, Chrys!

    Alex - A good attitude really goes a long way!

    Robin - I did write this with a lesson in mind. Thanks for noticing, and for your wonderful compliment, Robin! This has been a crazy week, and I can't tell you how much you've cheered me up.


  13. Al - This means a lot coming from the Haiku Guru! Thanks Al!

    Lee - She speaks fluent Burmese if that helps! Haha! Thanks Lee!

    LD - You're right about how having a positive attitude makes all the difference in the world! Thanks LD!

    Nick - "Wistful" is such a wonderful word for "W." Thanks Nick!

    Ruth - Sorry to hear that. I see what you mean!

    Birgit - I try to sneak in a few meaningful ones now and then! Thanks Birgit!


  14. GEM JULIE ~
    You are REALLY a talented writer. You have a great knack for words, and a kind of 6th-sense for excellent "twist-endings".

    Now I gotta confess something... This will seem ridiculous (even IDIOT I know it sounds ridiculous...) but I have always paused before writing or saying "I'm sorry to hear that".


    Because a "literalist" could respond: "So, you're not really sorry about the situation. You're just sorry that you had to hear about it?"

    No one tortures me more than I torture myself!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  15. Cindy - I've always liked surprise endings. Thanks Cindy!

    Carol - I think we've all met someone like that! Thanks Carol!

    Munir - Thank you so much, Munir!

    Jo - Glad I could surprise you! Thank you, Jo!


  16. I had that kind of week.
    Love your dose of reality!

  17. Stephen - "You have a great knack for words, and a kind of 6th-sense for excellent 'twist-endings.'" Wow, that is quite a compliment, Stephen! I knew that it was too good to be true when you started off so sweetly (smiles)! Actually, you're not an idiot and I know what you mean. When people constantly complain, it gets to the point where you really don't want to hear about it anymore. This is especially true when they whine about the most minor things like having a bad hair day, or a hangnail. Okay, the bad hair day is important, but you know what I mean. I'm probably guilty of this too, so I should probably quit while I'm ahead. If someone suffers from a chronic illness, or a great loss than I truly am sorry to hear about it.
    I hope this satisfies the "literalist" in you, Stephen! Oh, and I'm still laughing from, "No one tortures me more than I torture myself!"

    Dixie - I hope that everything is okay. It could be just the typical side effects of A to Z exhaustion. Take care of yourself. Thanks, Dixie!


  18. Oh Julie - unhinged her swing leg ... honestly I don't know where you came up with these ideas and turn them into wonderful A-Z poetry .. cheers Hilary

  19. Oh my, poor Meg! Nice surprise ending.

  20. I love the feel of your poems. You put words together like art! Very talented. Wish I could do that.
    Sandy at Bridge and Beyond
    Still playing catch up, hope to make it back again later to get your T post.