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 Words or Fists.
Words or Fists
In this poem, I will attempt to combine The Irish proverbs “A good word never broke a tooth” and “It’s often a man’s mouth broke his nose” with the idea of “choose your words wisely.”
Words or Fists
I learned long ago in my youth
A good word never broke a tooth.
That didn’t say much to explain my damaged nose
Busted on the playground after the words I chose.
The experience led to a lesson well learned
Respect is something that has to be earned.
Words chosen wisely as everyone knows
Brings peace to a fight and saves your nose.
There are times when it is better to run away
And live to fight another day.
Antagonizing a bully on the playground
Never a good idea and politically unsound
Fourth-grade politics can be so uncouth
It takes a diplomat or an intelligent sleuth
To navigate around the bullies and their crew
A soft word turns away wrath, and I wish I knew
To choose my words wisely when faced with a fight
The perfect combination might make things right
But bullies will be bullies because that’s what they do.
Sometimes the choice isn’t left up to you.
The only way to resolve the conflict is a balled-up fist.
A punch to the face to add to the list
Of childhood transgressions performed in ignorance
The best solution is often to keep your distance.
Who is Molly Shea?
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