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 Head of the Mouse.
Head of the Mouse
“It is better to be the head of a mouse than the tail of the lion” is an old gypsy proverb. It goes hand in hand with “it is better to be a big fish in a little pond than a small fish in a big ocean.” I can see the wisdom in both sayings.
Head of the Mouse
I always wanted to do something with my life
Have the courage of a lion
Roar like a giant cat
Show my teeth to make an impression
Not to mention
Having the power to rule
I would be a fearless predator
Stalking the plains with my swishing tail
Instead, I became the head of the mouse
With control of the rodents, every decision
My destiny seemed somehow cruel
To be the mind of a furry little creature
Evading the ruthless household cat
Disappearing into tiny hiding places without fail
A big fish in a little pond
With the strategic ability to disappear
Escaping behind thick walls
Never to become a felines plaything
I guess in the scheme of life
It is better to be small
Especially in the current of a big ocean
The tail makes no decision
It travels where ever the lion chooses to go
While the head of the mouse
Can tell you everything you need to know
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