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 Strength.


Friedrich Nietzsche is credited with the proverb, “That which does not kill us makes us strong.” I guess that he stole it from another source.


I’ve heard it said

“That which does not kill us makes us strong.”

I’m surprised I’m not dead,

And I think the saying might be wrong.

There is so much evil in the world today,

It leaves you thinking the end might be near.

And no matter what they might say,

There is nothing worse than living in fear,

Waiting for the other shoe to fall,

When scrupulous leaders distort the truth,

These days all of our backs are against the wall

And I long for the innocent days of my youth.

Right now I’d rather not test this theory,

In a world filled with pestilence and disease

And I have to admit the times are scary

When wildfires smoke flows in the evening breeze

Burning up and down this continent’s length

With a disaster, I’m not particularly eager to flirt

In my opinion, I say to hell with strength

Give me a season of comfort.

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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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.

4 thoughts on “Strength

  1. Great post! I find it extraordinarily inspiring that you come up with a new poem for a different saying every single day. Word Daddy is helping you so much! 😉😀

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