Listen to what I say

I’ve cried and I’ve pleaded

I’ve begged and I’ve yelled

I’ve tried to be nice

I’ve tried to understand

Yet everything I say seems to fall on deaf ears!

What I say means nothing

You continue to ignore

Everything I say heads straight out the door

I’ve changed my thoughts

I’ve tried to see your ways

I’ve listened and I’ve taken notes

Yet we still don’t see eye to eye

It doesn’t matter what I say

It goes unnoticed anyway

It is a simple thing I ask of you

It isn’t even that big of a feat

Can you please, just once, put down that damn toilet seat!

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What Is Q 5 years ago from Tennessee

Ah, you got me. :P A kind of surprise ending. Now I understand women's frustration with this issue. But I always put the toilet seat down, even though there's no woman in the house. :( That doesn't mean I go sitting down, it just means I was raised right. Now comes the hard decision as to what to vote this... funny, awesome, or beautiful. Aha, useful, that's what it is.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Haha, this was tugging at my heart at first, then I was LOL at the end. I totally hear you, as I didn't grow up with guys leaving toilet seats up, mostly girls were around. Now, I am one of four, and the only female, so you can imagine! That said, I have pretty awesome family that is respectful, even in this way. As for What is Q, above, now that is awesome that he does that without women in the house! Enjoyed the read.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

It is definately something we need to raise awareness on... ha ha...


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robschwenck 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

I detect an uptick in potty hubs from you lately. Is it a trend? ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Who knows, maybe it has something to do with me trying to refrain from my potty mouth talking... lol... trying to be a professional after all. ;)


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

barber, Why don't women leave it up? H


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

barber, I meant to say, give it up. H


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Well, due to the bacteria that.... um... goes in the toilet and is spread into the air when flushed, the toilet seat should never be left up. Can you imagine all those sh*t particles landing on your toothbrush. NASTY ;)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You got me there! I thought it was a bit of a love story until........the very end. You never leave us not laughing!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Actually it started off serious... I think I wrote this because I was made at my husband. Then... I realized that posting something mad really isn't going to do anything so I made it funny. I like it much better this way. :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well hey at least it's cathartic right? Plus you get to laugh too, which seriously is the best medicine!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

And I raised alot of suspicion... oh yeah... and plucked at several people's heartstrings until they got to the bottom and fell off their chair. Hopefully no one comes back and sues me for injuries ;)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love a little zinger right at the end - it's entertaining - therefore my time was spent well:-). If some one sue's you - I can help. I have a lots of lawyer friends up here! I make sure I get their work done first so they will be there when I need them. Works for me - I got my very first ever ticket last year - blocking an intersection getting caught in the shopping traffic! I swear - I had never had a ticket in my life either!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I could have used your lawyer friends years ago... since then I have learned to stop speeding. Now I drive like a granny. In fact, the other day I was driving with my MIL and she said, "Wow, so this is what it feels like to go speed limit!" Ha ha - I thought that was what we were soppossed to drive! LOL


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Shahid Bukhari 5 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

Poetry is a good tool ... of inter human communications.

Write some more, but, positively ... get published ... and it seems you are already on you way of getting Published.

Keep you thoughts Focused on the Good, there is in life ... Forget about what others say ... do, what you think is the best for all, but always Do, whatever you Do ... sincerely.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thank you - I think writing is all about soul... without it, the writing is flat.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

Haha, wasn't ready for that ending!

Nice poem :]

Thanks for your comment, can I ask you to check out my latest hub "forget me tonight and forever"? It is the one I would most want to be read.

Thanks :]


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Little Kim 5 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

HA!! Love it!! Very nice!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks - I love the kicker at the end... nobody expected that! LOL


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Im suing you for falling off my chair !


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I will take a million people suing me if they all fall off their chairs due to the suprise ending... thanks for laughing!


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

but whyyyyyyyy. just this one thing you cann't forgive us men???/


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - it depends on the time. The time I can't is when I have to go really really really bad and sit down really fast and end up falling in. That is just no fun! LOL


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Hook, line and sinker!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Glad you took the bait. I believe it has caught almost everybody off guard. My mom was reading it and she was wondering what was going on? Why is she so said. She said when she got to the end, all she could do was shake her head... lol


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The last line was great. I was following along and it was like bam as if that toilet seat just got slammed. LOL Excellent poem!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - it gets them every time... lol... believe it or not, I really was trying to be serious... and then I got hit by a toilet seat... lol


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sarmack 4 years ago from Washington

Great ending! Quite a surprise!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@sarmack - Thanks for stopping by... I like to get people all emotional and then smack them with a laugh. Glad you enjoyed it! :)


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

That was funny! I guess I can take pride in the fact that it doesn't apply to me, regardless of where I am at the time. LOL! :) Voted up and Funny! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

At first I thought it was about a poor neglected child. LOL. This is really cute! You got me!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cagsil - I am glad that this doesn't apply to you at all, however I am glad that it also gave you a good laugh! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@tammyswallow - Glad that I got you. I love writing stuff like this. You never know what will happen when you get to the end! ;)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

lol... it takes just as much time for me to put it down as it does for you to pick it up....

for the record, i lose the seat and the lid. You learn to do this when you have dogs...


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sarmack 4 years ago from Washington

The loss of the seat must be quite an experience for the lady in your life in the middle of the night, PDXKaraokeGuy!!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PDXKaraokeGuy - you bring up a good point... but I have to agree with sarmack - that has to be a suprise for the lady of the house when she is sleepy in the middle of the night... lol


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@sarmack - It is always when you are drowsy when the suprise hits... and then you are suddenly really awake... LOL


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Every time I read this I still laugh at the end! Still one of my favorite poems you have ever written!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I love this one too! ha ha - I remember when I wrote this I was actually pretty angry at Eli at the time and then I realized... hey - I don't want to bring out my relationship spats - so it just turned... and it is probably one of my best ones! LOL


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

That is so funny how something that was making you so mad turned into something so fun! At least you managed to make it work for you and turned the situation around :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I am really glad it worked out that way too! See - sometimes it is a positive when your significant other ticks you off! LOL ;)

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