This Just About Sums Me Up!

This poem I wrote a few years ago about how awkward and clumsy I am. Unfortunately, nothing has changed over the years, and I am still a walking calamity!

Oh how I wish I was graceful

and not a disaster on wheels

I trip over every obstacle

And my shoes have got broken off heels

I try so hard to be upright

But always fall flat on my face

My body is covered in bruises

From where I have fallen from grace

I long to be elegant and classy

But that is just not to be

Whilst others are sipping their cocktails

I’m knocking over my tea.

Life for me would be perfect

If only I was more chic

Instead of awkward and bumbling

And coming across as a freak

Oh how I wish I was graceful

But life is not very fair

So I’ll carry on being clumsy

And pretending that I just don’t care!


This is one of the poems which is Β featured in my book, Β which you can find here

79 thoughts on “This Just About Sums Me Up!

  1. Oh dear, I can quite relate!

    1. Well I am glad it is not just me!!! πŸ™‚

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  4. I tried to share this to my site but it only gives the title and makes it look as if I wrote it, so I copied and pasted it. I hope you don’t mind that. I added a comment to make it clear you wrote it.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Carole .That is really nice of you πŸ™‚

  5. That’s a great poem, Judy. (It’s a pleasure to finally know your name). This poem reminds me of the funny poems Pam Ayres writes. Have you heard of her? I love the one called ‘I should have looked after my teeth’.

    1. Thank you and I am flattered that it reminded you of Pam Ayres as this is the one I wrote especially trying to emulate her style!
      I remember that poem ‘I Should have looked after my teeth’ so well, and can almost hear her reciting it in her West Country accent! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shilpi πŸ™‚

  6. I am such a walking disaster area so I can totally relate to this!

    1. I always love meeting others that aew clumsy like me!!! Thanks so much for dropping in ?

  7. I’m right there with you! My hubby calls me “Grace.”

    1. Ha HA! I am sure he is as long-suffering as my husband, dealing with all my little trips and spillages!

  8. Clumsy, awkward people unite! Sign me up!

    1. Hi Richard, lovely to have you aboard! πŸ™‚

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  10. The ability to laugh at yourself is one of the best gifts of all.

    1. It is my way of dealing with the embarrassing or stressful situations, there is usually a bit of humour in there somewhere. πŸ™‚

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  12. Classic poem! I laughed out loud at your line about knocking over your tea… that might be me on some days! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much for coming by and visiting Trinity! I am so glad you can relate to my poem and I am not the only one knocking everything over! πŸ™‚

      1. You’re welcome. And, not by a long shot! πŸ˜‰ Though I tend to whack myself on door frames and table corners more often than knock something over…

        1. HHa Ha! I do that as well as a sideline! :

  13. An accident waiting to happen….love the poem….lol.

    1. Yes, that’s me! Thanks, I am glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  14. Yesterday I accidentally stepped on a crap just outside the house left by a stray dog and I literally yelled, broadcasted what happened to everyone around while laughing and trying to clean the mess. Something about it suggests strongly that it felt good being awkward on any day and still laugh the flaw off. Anyway I was just sharing it.

    Glad I found your blog on Am looking forward for more fun read! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Danica, Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your funny story too . I shall be over to your blog shortly πŸ™‚

  15. Read your poem to wifey…she wants to thank you for writing it. (Her first words upon hearing it were, “That’s me!”)

    1. Yay! It is nice to know there are a few of us about! πŸ™‚

      1. Wifey is – mom isn’t. One out of two votes from here…

        1. Well one in a family is more than enough, I am told! πŸ™‚

  16. Wonderful. You have a real comic touch.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. Thanks David, as well as a clumsy one! Hugss back xxxx

  17. Just think of all that pressure to be elegant day in and day out. Now you get to laugh and write amusing poems and just be you. ;-D

    1. Well yes, there is that advantage I had not considered, Thank you πŸ™‚

  18. I prefer nice clumsy people to people who are not clumsy and not nice…

  19. I enjoy reading your blog, you have a wonderful sense of humor and a gift with words. I have nominated you for the Infinity Love Dreams Award. You are an inspiration!
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  20. You might not be graceful but at least you can write great poetry.

    1. Thank you so much Eric. I am happy you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  21. sandracharrondotcom

    I love this!I haven’t read all of the comments you’ve received on this poem but I suspect you’ve received many saying they can relate. I’m a nurse. I wear steady, reliable flat shoes. And yet I can slip over a piece of dust…I know, it doesn’t instill much faith in my patients when they see their nurse stumble into their room.

    1. Ha Ha! You and me both, I can trip over fresh air too! God help the patients when they see us coming at them with a needle! πŸ™‚

  22. I loved this! I can totally relate, if there’s something to fall over, I’ll find it!

    1. Ha ha! Oh I can fall over nothing just as easily too! πŸ™‚

  23. I liked your poem keep on not caring!

  24. Great poem, and true of myself! For as athletic as I am, I am a huge klutz: broke my nose swimming at league champs in high school, tore my hamstring rounding 3rd base in softball, broke a toenail tripping just walking down the street. LOL! Glad to know I’m not alone.

    1. Oooh poor you, sounds like you have had a few painful episodes of klutziness there! However, it is nice to know that there are a few others around who are just like me! πŸ™‚

  25. Hahaha !! Loved the poem, Edwina.. I am even more clumsier :p

    1. Ha! It is a shame we are like that πŸ™‚

      1. I could so much relate to Bella of Twilight in this matter πŸ˜€

  26. Ha Ha so funny but I’m a clumsy klutz too πŸ™‚

    1. It is the bane of my life!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much for the reblog πŸ™‚

  28. Hi Judy,
    You’re a great poet and really funny as well. I can relate to the clumsy poem.

    1. Thanks so much Janice. I am just taking your advice about Pinterest. I didn’t realise that I never set up a Pinterest share button on my blog and that none of my posts are on there! Just putting a few on now to see what happens πŸ™‚

  29. I am the same. Oh well. lol

  30. What a great blog! I love your writing style! I found you on Austin’s Blog Pitch Party Post! Looking forward to reading more! Cher xo

    Oh, here I am:

    1. Hi and thanks so much for coming over and commenting, I will be over to check out your blog soon πŸ™‚

  31. I have always been Klutzy. My husband would just chuckle and say “What did you do to yourself now?”. A couple years ago had some issues and then MRI which showed lesions etc. They still have not decided what IT is. I just take each day as it comes and laugh at it. Still I think some of it is basically I am just a klutz lol.

    1. Hi Donna. Thanks so much for coming over to my blog and commenting. I m pleased also to meet a fellow klutz. I can trip over anything (or sometimes even nothing) and I am forever banging into things. I hope the lesions to out to be harmless, and that you continue to laugh at yourself. (You can laugh at me too now if you like)!

      1. Thank you. Laughter really is the best medicine

  32. How fun! If you were all grace and confidence, we wouldn’t be sharing your wonderful poems (and relating to them). πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. There is always a positive side to things, and I am happy that you enjoyed them πŸ™‚

      1. For sure – looking for the positive is a passion of mine!

  33. hi Edwina ur welcome I’m a newbie blogger finding my way around i enjoyed your poems

    1. I’m glad you liked them. I am pretty new at blogging too. and I’m really loving it. I’m sure you will too πŸ™‚

  34. All the cool kids are clsy!

  35. This might as well sum up my life. Love it!

    1. Thank you. Glad I am not the only unfortunate person out there! πŸ™‚

  36. Love it! Maybe you think you’re clumsy, but your words are graceful. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much. I’ll certainly settle for that. πŸ™‚

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