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Read the Fine Print; Make of it What You Will (a Poem)

Updated on March 1, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

Beware All the Warnings!

Fine Print

Life is full of ups and downs.

(Professional driver on closed course.)

This way to the race track.

(Enter at own risk.)

Rain in the afternoon

(Contains no cholesterol.)

It's a dangerous world out there

(Keep arms and legs inside car.)

Only $19.95

(Call 1-800-SUCKERBAIT.)

Clark knocks it over the left-field wall

(Do not try this at home.)

Earth is fragile

(No preservatives used.)

Finish what you start

(No U-turns.)

Driving in the fast lane

(actual mileage may vary.)

Life has lessons to teach



This poem was the result of my being in a playful mood, and having just seen a few crazy advertising claims on TV. Then, I thought back to other claims we see all the time in various places.

Putting them together, along with assorted 'caution' signs, I thought might make for a fun little poem. This is the result.

Originally written in April of 1993, it saw a revision in May of 2010, and it has otherwise remained untouched. I hope you enjoy this bit of fluff and nonsense.

© 2010 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Wayne, for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed ;-)

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    Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

    Nice contrast of need to with have to maybe to get to want to....a fun trip anyway! WB

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, bonne--advice taken--re-edited the opening preface. ;-)

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    bonnebartron 7 years ago from never one place for too long

    Hey! Very cool style! Way to try something new and really think it through! I enjoyed this so much! One suggestion though, don't ever apologise for your work, I don't apologise for spelling errors, and we are all on here learning from each other! I like to think of it as my safe place, lots of people who want to root for you! Don't diservice yourself by prefacing a good bit of work with a set up to fail! :) I look forward to reading more from you!