Poetry Friday: “Good Intentions”


“Good Intentions”

A Fitbit in my stocking!
A not-so subtle hint
that I should take up jogging,
avoid candy, chocolate, mint.

All went well for a few short days,
but then, oh, cardinal sin!
Out shopping while I was hungry,
my resolve was wearing thin.

“One quick bite is all I need,
a little lunch won’t hurt.”
Justifying my decision,
I vowed not to have dessert.

I savored a juicy burger
and devoured salty fries.
But I can’t track those extra calories,
‘cause I lost my Fitbit down at Five Guys!

© Catherine Flynn, 2016

This is based on a true story, although it didn’t happen to me. When a friend told me she lost her Fitbit at Five Guys, I knew I had to write a poem using that line. I’ve taken a lot of poetic license in this draft, so please don’t judge my friend!

Be sure to visit Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading for the Poetry Friday Roundup. I wish you all a New Year filled with family and friends, happiness and good health, and success with your resolutions!

© Nevit Dilmen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
© Nevit Dilmen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

9 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Good Intentions”

  1. Love how you turned your friend’s comment into a fun-filled timely poem! Who knew that dessert and hurt rhymed? Thanks for making me start 2016 with a smile!


  2. I’ve never been to Five Guys although there’s one about 5 miles from here, but it’s on my list of places to try. I’ll hold on tightly to my Fitbit when I go! Happy New Year!


  3. This is a funny take on the FitBit. We make such great plans but then we get hungry. I’m gonna try again, though, as I do each year.


  4. Catherine, I love your “story” poem. It reminds me of the wonderful gifts my daughter and son-in-law gave my husband and me last year-fitbits. We were so enthralled with tracking our progress until each one of us lost the tiny gadget. Now I replaced the fitbit with the Steps app and woe is me-I started baking for the holidays. Happy New Year!


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