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Ode to the Alarm Clock

January 4, 2010
By ~♪Gecko♫~ BRONZE, Lloydminster, Other
~♪Gecko♫~ BRONZE, Lloydminster, Other
2 articles 2 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."
Helen Keller

Every morning I lie there sleeping,
When my peace is destroyed by a god-awful beeping.
My dreams shattered, sudden and drastic,
By this evil, awful, red-eyed chunk of plastic.

I roll over in pain and hammer on the snooze,
Grumbling, groaning, thinking 'Why must this thing torture me so?'
'Don't make me get up, just five minutes more!'
The same thing I've said every morning before.

It's not that I'm not a morning person, or that I dread the coming day,
It's just that I hate waking up in this way!
I'd much rather rise up along with the light,
Shining through the window, glowing, beaming, bright.

But the sudden screaming, the unbearable fuss,
Makes me want to scream, cry, and even begin to cuss!
Especially the knowledge that all of my sorrow
Will be repeated the same time, same way, tomorrow.

The author's comments:
I think we can all relate to feeling this way. I got the inspiration to write this from reading a previous poem about the horrors of the alarm clock! =) I hope you enjoy my Ode to the Alarm Clock!

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LuckyAnn11 said...
on Jun. 23 at 6:08 pm
LuckyAnn11, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
“You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,”
Simple yet moving

I love the humor you’ve added to it, so creative. It reminds me of Shel Silverstein.

on Nov. 4 2015 at 1:01 pm
emilyjumonville BRONZE, White Castle, Louisiana
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments
This poem is so relatable to how I feel about my alarm clock in the mornings. In the poem it says, “'Don't make me get up, just five minutes more!’,” which is my thoughts when my alarm goes off at 5:30 am.

on Feb. 6 2013 at 4:13 pm
Head-In-The-Clouds GOLD, Bath, Other
12 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
I wish I was a glow worm, a glow worm's never glum.'Cos how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum!

this is amazing, so funny and relatable. I love the simplicity of it and the rhyme scheme works really well :)

on Dec. 30 2012 at 1:14 pm
HPRGSuperFan GOLD, Indian Creek, Illinois
12 articles 6 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
--Ludwig Wittgenstein

Yes. Just...yes.

Binte SILVER said...
on Dec. 19 2012 at 8:09 am
Binte SILVER, -, Other
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this is great lol :)

Chase Samz said...
on Oct. 22 2012 at 8:25 am
Chase Samz, Wilmington, North Carolina
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I agree with this poem on how it shows that we hate the alarm clock. I personally don't have an alarm clock because I "accidentally" hit snooze button too hard and broke it.

on Oct. 10 2012 at 8:51 pm
my.freedom.lies.in.free.verse PLATINUM, Tosa, Wisconsin
24 articles 0 photos 65 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into a void, and that oblivion is inevitable... and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." Augustus Waters

It's a great idea, and I love how it rhymes, but the rhyme scheme is broken by the 2nd stanza...

ZaneA BRONZE said...
on Oct. 4 2012 at 8:53 pm
ZaneA BRONZE, Saskatoon, Other
4 articles 1 photo 1 comment
I really enjoy this because I can completely relate :p

. said...
on Sep. 18 2012 at 11:45 pm
I love it! Someone said it's not very deep, and that may be true, but does it have to be? Simplicity can be good. I love the rhythm of this poem. I love how I can relate to it. I love the word choice. It's amazing, if you ask me.(:

hgw66 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 16 2012 at 4:37 pm
hgw66 BRONZE, Madisonville, Tennessee
4 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you will go" - Dr.Seuss :)

amazing and so creative. i love it

on Sep. 13 2012 at 1:04 pm
avidDreamwriter BRONZE, Ridgeville, South Carolina
3 articles 0 photos 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Not all those who wander are lost"- J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of The Rings

In all honesty, this poem had no depth to it and didn't really make me think much. But, it did seem to have a mature tone that everyone could connect to, having been in the same situation at some point or every day. Your poem is somewhat different from the normal things that people can and will write about, which is okay, but it's still rather boring to write about a person complaining about their alarm clock. Nothing about this poem made me think deeper than "okay, a person is wishing his/her alarm clock would stop going off", which is a rather normal ocurrance for everyone who has a job or goes to school. Personally, the rhyme at the end of each line bothered me, but that's only because I'm not very fond of poems that have any sort of rhyme scheme. That being said, the rhyme did work out a little bit, regardless of how obvious it was. This poem can have potential to it, especially if you re-visit it some time and edit or revise it. I've honestly seen worse poetry on the site and even in the magazine, but yours is pretty okay in my opinion.

Paige4699 GOLD said...
on Sep. 11 2012 at 10:55 am
Paige4699 GOLD, Jackson, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Truly marvelous Casey! xD

on Sep. 7 2012 at 9:51 pm
Emin3mAC SILVER, Nogalas, Arizona
7 articles 0 photos 17 comments
Very funny! I loved it! keep it up!  

abbadoo said...
on Aug. 7 2012 at 10:45 pm
abbadoo, Clinton, South Carolina
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I have a piece with a very similar theme to this. In other words, it was completely understandable. Nice work!

J1029 SILVER said...
on May. 31 2012 at 10:52 am
J1029 SILVER, Tampa, Florida
5 articles 0 photos 73 comments

Favorite Quote:
Sing like no one is listening,
Dance like no one is watching,
Love like you've never been hurt and
Live like it's heaven on earth.

- Mark Twain

I agree. I don't care if I wake up early I just dont want to wake up to a loud alarm.

on May. 31 2012 at 10:19 am
KristinHopkins8 SILVER, Aspen, Colorado
7 articles 0 photos 83 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die"

Most relatable article ever

bluhs said...
on May. 9 2012 at 5:58 pm
bluhs, E, Alabama
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Beautifully written. I can totally relate :)

djsadjaskcka said...
on May. 1 2012 at 7:58 am

There is a lot of stanzas

There is a good rhythm

ShadowLily said...
on Apr. 17 2012 at 4:37 pm
Ha! I completely identify with this poem! Am I the only one who tries to wake up mega-early and then sets their alarm for ten minutes prior to having to leave? It's a thing I do.

ZhadaMone GOLD said...
on Apr. 17 2012 at 4:27 pm
ZhadaMone GOLD, Westwood, New Jersey
13 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love you as much as I did yesterday but, not as much as I will tommorow"

You're really talentd : )