Flogging a Dead Horse

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In June, I plan to explore writing the Acrostic Poem. I’ve played with this form of poetry in the past. I don’t know how I came up with the idea. It must have been a word experiment for me back in the day when I was playing with poetry. The definition of an Acrostic Poem is the first letter of each line should spell out a word or phrase vertically. This word or phrase plays the role of a theme or message. Also, this message can appear in the middle or end of the poem. Back in the day, I didn’t know I was participating in a style of poetry. My coming across the Acrostic poem design became a clever attempt at wordplay. My  Acrostic style of poetry for today is called Flogging

a Dead Horse.

Flogging a Dead Horse

Flogging a dead horse

Lonely way to spend an afternoon        

Obsession run amuck, of course,

Gaseous helium filling a hot air balloon

Galvanize to float above the ground.

Imagining the problem can be resolved

Never giving up optimism to confound

Gallery of fools awed and appalled

And another thought to leave you with

Dead horses are utterly  dead

Even when they shake their head

And there is no way to change their mind

Dead is dead, you will find.


Habits are extremely hard to break

Once you acquire them for heaven’s sake.

Rise above the confusion and don’t look at back the ground,

Stop flogging that dead horse and bury it under the dirt

Embrace the peace that comes with surrender that you found.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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Published by henhouselady

I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

3 thoughts on “Flogging a Dead Horse

  1. Wow, love your poem. Poor horses. Some would think that horses are born to carry burdens and dead horses exist for the purpose of being flogged. LOL. Leave the horses alone please. They will have a better life being wild horses.

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