No Serviceable Parts

This little poem is an offshoot of one I wrote a few days ago called, My Wheels Don’t Turn. One of the pictures in this post is the same one I used in that poem and post, and the other picture is a self-portrait of sorts, which kind of fits the theme of this one. The poem and the self-portrait are a little bit silly, but, with a serious side to them, as well. Enjoy!

No Serviceable Parts


Remember the tricycle  

In my front yard

No seat       

No pedals

Wheels that don’t turn

Baskets filled with flowers


                                    Well, you and I sometimes resemble

                                    That garden ornament

                                    Because, more often than not

                                    Our unmovable parts and lack

                                    Of certain appurtenances



                                                           But, maybe that’s how we’re made

                                                           And even if it’s not

                                                           It might be best for others

                                                           To let us be

                                                           And mind their own business

                                                           Not ours


Perhaps consider the label  found     

On the bottom of many

Household appliances

These days

No serviceable parts

Refer all repairs

To the Maker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          … … just sayin


Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

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  1. Pat Hatt said

    haha yeah many should keep their mind on their own broken down behind. Some parts may not work but then you can say I’m too old for this umm crap with a smirk

    • That’s what I’m talkin bout, Pat!
      Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the comment!

  2. Enjoyed the humor in this piece! 🙂 And the pictures add more flavor to it! 😀

  3. aprille said

    Can’t get the parts….
    Serious and fun at the same time. I’m not really laughing, just a glimmer of a smile.

    • How come you’re not laughing?? The picture at the bottom should be enough for a laugh!
      Thanks for the visit and comment, Aprille!

  4. First of all, points for ‘appurtenances’. Second, very enjoyable read. Amazing how those anti-social neighbors can be such a nosy bunch. 🙂

    • Ain’t it the truth! They never say boo til they know you ain’t lookin!
      Thanks for the visit and comment, Mark!
      I appreciate it!

  5. haha nice picture to end on…and no one wants to be fixed you know…that makes you feel more appliance than human….yeah the maker is the best at repairs…smiles.

    • It’s the best picture of me I could find, Brian! And I definitely ain’t broke & don’t need no fixin. A little fixin up, maybe…
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  6. tashtoo said

    OMG! I was still smiling thinking of my last visit and then you hit me with this! Thank you Charles…especially for letting us to enjoy the light that is you. And HUGE gratitude for the smiles 🙂

    • I love to make folks smile, Tash! That’s what I was made for!
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving the great comment!

  7. No serviceable parts inside…that is precious! (If she’s wearing that sign–I’m out the door, because I’m all about service!)

  8. ayala said

    Fun and a delight 🙂

  9. Sherry Mashburn said

    Love it!! Love you!

  10. Well said… YES!

  11. Raivenne said

    Gotta love those closing lines. Enjoyed the word play and deeper meaning. Adored the “selfie”.

    • Yes’m. This is one of those message poems where the last line was the inspiration for the poem. The hook, I suppose.
      Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  12. I nominated you for an award…I know that you won’t repost it but wanted to offer your link for others. 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Susan! True, I don’t do the award thing, but I certainly appreciate the honor and kind gesture!

  13. jelillie said

    Loved that last picture Charles! Thanks! Good truth in a humorous package.

    • I was hidin from the dog.
      And, yes, I like to talk true, but sometimes try to make it lighthearted, as well.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  14. terri0729 said

    LOLOL!!!!! Great one Charlie! love the mustache & glasses 🙂

  15. Yup, exactly what I feel like these days! Great capture, well penned!!

    • Well, I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I’m hoping for the good!
      I really appreciate the comment!

  16. “Blessed are the cracked,for they shall let in light”…Groucho M

    • Ha! That’s a good one! I don’t recall ever hearing that! I’m gonna put it on FB today!
      Thanks for stpping by!

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