A Poem: Delete All Flub Words

Start with prose. Delete all the flub words. Voilà. An amusing poem about a horrible night.

The Flu While Flying Solo

620 (1)

I could feel my body relax

As I curled up

In my favourite chair.

4 little ones

Tucked in bed.

Hubby had gone out.



At last.

Smiling to myself,

I began to read,

Savouring the words,

Enjoying the



But, then I heard it.

‘The noise’

You know…

I threw the book;

Ran upstairs

To my daughter’s room..

Too late.

Vomit. Everywhere.

Poor baby.

Cleaned, changed,

Lovingly tucked into my bed.

To the laundry room.

Heard it again.


Too late.

Vomit. Everywhere.

Poor Baby.

Cleaned, changed

Lovingly tucked into her bed

with the nice clean sheets.

Back to the laundry.

Heard it again

Take three,

Take four

Vomit. Everywhere.

Mounds of stinking laundry.



Number # 4 had woken up

Back to the baby…

One step,

two step,

Where did he go?

I slipped and almost fell.

Number 4 had found 3 litres of oil

And dumped

ALL of it.

He was rolling in oil,

Splashing with glee.

My mouth

Dropped open;

I almost cried


Hysterical giggles bubbled up;

Then gales of laughter.

I leaned against the wall

Slowly sliding

Till I sat

Laughing till my sides ached

Legs stuck straight out.


Slippery baby,

Dripping in oil.

Bathed him,

Nursed back to sleep.

Scooped up oil.

Washed the floor,

Again and again.


Husband returned and


Sent Flying

Arms Flailing

Legs Scrambling

Almost crashing to the floor.

“Gee Mel, What happened ?”

I glare.

Throw up my hands and bellow


About melanie jean juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.

7 comments on “A Poem: Delete All Flub Words

  1. That’s really funny. Guess it’s important to lock up the oil.

  2. So…what did you do while I was out?
    😀 😀 😀

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