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 Paltering.


There is a gypsy proverb that states, “There are things as false truths and honest lies.” Every time I watch a politician open their mouth on television, I understand the meaning of this ancient proverb.


His face screamed from my television

The general on the evening news

Answering a reporter’s question

With false truths and convenient lies

His uniform, a display of authority

A trickery for all the watching eyes

He pretended to be honest,

But I saw through the lies.

His crocodile tears a cleverly crafted ruse.

Next up the politician

Expensive black suit screaming wealth and knowledge

Making him look like a successful mortician

Speaking more truth between the lies.

He is better at deflecting the question

With statistics manipulated from random data

Honest lies that never mention

The actual answer to the question that was asked.

Paltering professional to the masses

You treat us all as if we were blind.

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.

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