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. My next attempt to write a Proverbial Poem, I will call This Dog.
The proverb, “Every dog has its day,” has a long historical tradition. Its origins are mysterious, but it has been used by notables such as Euripides, Shakespeare, and Queen Elisabeth.
I’ve heard them say,
Every dog has its day.
That’s maybe somehow true,
But I tend to take a different view.
It would take a miracle
For this dog to emerge from the pack.
It might seem minuscule,
But I know it’s a fact.
I can wag my tail
Catch a ball in my mouth
And still brilliantly fail
When all my plans go south.
I can write my words
And give them away for free
Let them fly away like uncaged birds.
But I’ll always need more publicity.
I’m just a little dog with big dog dreams
And nothing is ever the way it seems.
The spotlight I always seem to evade,
When the simple truth is all I need is to get paid.
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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