Whim of the gods


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 Whim of the gods.

Whim of the gods

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is an old proverb. I wonder if the people of Troy operated under this principle when they opened the gates.

Whim of the gods

Open the gate, Open the gate

And let the wooden horse come into the city

Magnificent Helen watching from the balcony

As Paris gathers his fighting men

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

You might spot his defects

And the perfect plan will head south.

Open the gate, open the gate

What harm could it do?

Greeks offering gifts filled with treachery

Isn’t in our worldview

Will someone tell sour-faced Laocoon

To shut his big mouth

He’s screaming Greeks baring gifts

Filled with guile is a trap

Wait until night, wait until night

To come out and play

Odysseus instructed his valiant men

Sinon’s capture has set the stage

After dark, the killing can begin

Helen calling the dead hero’s names

Caused the Greeks to be filled with rage

The door in the Trojan Horse opened wide.

I often wonder why no one bothered to look inside.

None of us have very good odds

When we live or die at the whim of the gods.

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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