The month of August has arrived, and I’m moving along on my quest to post a blog daily. I challenged myself to this intense post schedule. I have used the year 2021 to explore the various forms of poetry. This month I decided to write Proverbial forms of poetry. I will pick a proverb, a short common saying, and use it to create a poem in whatever direction the Muse chooses to lead me. However, you must remember we are talking about Word Daddy here. My Muse isn’t dependability or inspirational. He often leaves me high and dry when I need his help the most. Apparently, proverbials have no particular rules. I will try not to sound cliché. On my first attempt to write a Proverbial Poem, I will call my poem A Happy Wife.
A Happy Wife
“Happy Wife, Happy Life.” I’m not certain of the origin, but I believe it is English.
Happy wife, happy life
Seems reasonable to me.
Such a marriage would be free from strife,
An atmosphere where spouses could agree.
A happy wife goes through her days,
Singing love songs and giving praise,
To a husband who is stuck in his ways.
This logic is a simple form of philosophy,
Easier to say than to live.
I searched online to discovered
Science backs up this proverbial statement,
It is a truth the elders discovered,
When a wife is happy the husband lives in contentment.
The male species as a whole is in a daze,
To figure out a way to give,
His contentious female a good time.
I asked Rooster’s opinion about this old saying.
He attempted to give an answer without betraying,
The male species as a whole.
He said it sounded reasonable to him,
But I don’t think he listened to a word I said.
(The way he doesn’t pay attention is a crime.)
Sometimes he can act like a thoughtless troll.
He hears only what’s important the rest to skim
There’s only so much information he can hold in his head.
Still, happy wife, happy life,
Sounds reasonable to me.
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