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After the Workout
Laurie Kolp


I should have turned left when leaving the gym
but my car veered right and drove to Dunkin’
Donuts. I looked at the menu with egg-white flatbread
but bacon guacamole caught my eye instead
and I should have stuck to something like that?
high protein, low sugar and practically no fat
but a coconut donut seemed to call my name
subliminal message through the kiosk it came
enticing me like a free vacation
calorie-free intoxication.
I know I should have driven away
but the Munchkins and fritters won today.

by Laurie Kolp.
Used with the author’s permission.

Laurie Kolp lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She recently returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus, which she says has been “quite an experience.” Laurie is the author of Upon the Blue Couch and Hello, It’s Your Mother. Learn more about her at



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True to human nature!
Posted 06/24/2016 11:20 AM
Thanks everyone!
Posted 06/23/2016 01:09 PM
I was pumping next to you at the gym and sitting next to you at Dunkin Donuts-- figuratively!
Posted 06/23/2016 09:27 AM
Yep. Hate it when that happens, but every so often you just have to say 'What the heck'!! Great poem,
Posted 06/23/2016 09:11 AM
I have a car like that, with a mind of its own! Loved the poem!
Posted 06/23/2016 08:04 AM
And you know my sweet daughter-in-law exactly how??? Great wake-up-glee! Thanks,Laurie
Posted 06/23/2016 07:25 AM
thank-you for the chuckle:) I esp. like this: enticing me like a free vacation calorie-free intoxication. Sweetly surprised to see you here at YDP!
Posted 06/23/2016 05:36 AM
So they should have! I am a great friend of the Munchkins. A 'sweet' little poem!
Posted 06/23/2016 05:34 AM

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