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 Love Your Enemy.
Love Your Enemy
The proverbial saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” probably originated with Sun Tzu in The Art of War. Machiavelli also gets credit for saying something similar in The Prince.
Love Your Enemy
The good book makes a harsh command,
Love your enemy is hard to understand.
There may be some logic in The Art of War
Sun Tzu’s words aren’t easy to ignore.
His theory concerning the enemy
Would never produce serenity.
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Like some sort of lethargic, pathetic poser
Would make certain to earn you a knife in the back.
Or upside the head, he’d deliver a whack.
I prefer the strategy of heaping coals on the fire
And when the situation looks dismal and dire,
I’ll adopt a different philosophy
Which might work out better for me
One easy to embrace and defend
The enemy of my enemy will become my friend.
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