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 The Sow’s Ear.
The Sow’s Ear
“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” is a Scottish proverb. I will try to combine it with the American urban proverb, “You can take the girl out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the girl,” when writing this poem.
The Sow’s Ear
Shoddy goods, shoddy goods
Never will come to a positive end.
Even if I dress myself in silk,
And put diamonds in my ear,
and dress in designer clothes.
There is no reason for me to pretend
Skin as lumpy as soured milk
Or there aren’t boogers in my nose.
I am no silk purse standing here
No matter how many books I read
There is no reason for me to defend,
My position for remaining a sow’s ear.
If you cut me, I will still bleed,
The color red.
My poop is always going to stink
Even after applying a gallon of perfume.
I will never be The Queen of the Parade
Standing in the sun, I refuse to blink
The marching band will soon resume
Long after the music rises to fade
I will always remain the same
Even after I gave education a whirl
Because you can take the girl out of the hood,
But you can’t take the girl out of the hood.
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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