Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Poem of the Week - Worrywart (29 November, 2011)

It seems that in today's world there is always something to worry about!  Today Poets United's Poem of the Week addresses just that.  It is called Worrywart, and it can be found in the blog Poetry and Persistence written by Kate who indicated in her blog that she was born in the US but now lives in the UK.

Here's the poem:

positive ‘n upbeat I may try to be
but sometimes things just get to me
thus in the midst of my workaday scurry
I’m sometimes plagued by insistent worry

I worry about the tiny bump on my bottom gum
what does it mean – where’d it come from?
I worry about the swelling in my knees
‘n agonize over my allergy to stingin’ bees

I worry that spiders will make their home beneath my bed
which adds to the grey hairs that’re sproutin’ on my head
what do I do with this hair anyway: go natural, or wear a wig?
‘n I’m sure these skinny jeans make my butt look too big!

then there’s the times I worry ‘bout what other people think
‘n whether or not I should have that second drink
I worry ‘bout my temper when life throws me a curve
‘s hard fo’ me to be nice when folks get on my last nerve!

nuclear war, racism, famine, the state of my eternal soul
I worry ‘bout all kinds a things over which I’ve no control
‘n I worry endlessly about the loved ones in my life
prayin’ that they’re safe ‘n healthy’ ‘n free from any strife

but somehow I get over it – I never worry for too long
soon enough my smile returns ‘n I burst into song
I believe in God, ‘n I believe in me
in the end I always triumph over adversity

Thanks, Kate, for being part of our Poets United Community.  I enjoyed this poem (worrying is universal, I think) and hope that others will enjoy it too.

Posted by Mary for Poets United.


  1. Yes, I think it's universal, lol. Being able to laugh at oneself about it, as in this poem, must be an excellent way to get rid of it!

  2. Oh, this speaks to me - I'm a worrier too!

  3. I am also a worrier. So much so that I wrote a book on it to see if doing the research would help. Indeed, it does. But I'm a work-in-progress. Worriers reading this may want to check out my book; I still do. It's called THE WORRYWART'S PRAYER BOOK. It's filled with Scripture, affirmations, anecdotes and prayers to help worrywarts get off the worry-go-round and trust God more. My favorite: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea." Psalm 46:1, 2.

    My husband's quote is something to think about too: "Let there be no crisis," he tells me, "before its time."

    I also have a blog (and I worry that I don't keep it current enough), called THE WORRYWART'S CORNER, which might help worriers. Meantime, remember, God's in charge so give all your worries to Him. He's the only one Who can make any sense of them.

    Happy holidays.

  4. Ah, it seems there are lots of worrywarts among us. Allia, pretty cool that you have a blog called The Worrywart's Corner. Good that it's not current...must not have so many worries at the moment. LOL.

  5. A poem I can totally relate with, but as you said we must believe in God. It reminds me of a slew of verses in the Bible that tell us that those who trust in the Lord will not be ashamed!

  6. I love the flow of this and the amount of things you have found to worry about. Then you throw in that immortal line about your bum looking big in jeans.
    I get that question every time my partner buys something new.
    I have learnt the true meaning of diplomacy ;-)

  7. I can so relate. I try to let things go, takes work~ I love you ended on a high note! :D

  8. Great poem. I am watching you're choice with apostrophe and loving it! Nice stuff.

  9. Society speaks via the mouth of the poet. Well done.