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 Sharp Sticks.
“In the village without dogs, the farmers walk without sticks” is a gypsy proverb. I believe this poem is about being prepared for threats, whether real or imagined.
It is the little ones you have to worry about
They won’t go for your juggler
But they’ll nip at your legs
With the Rottweiler or the Pitbull
You know where you stand
Big teeth and claws
Like nails protruding from paws
A sharp stick is your only defense
The poodles and chihuahuas
A dachshund or two
Nipping at your heels
Seem easy at first
Until you discover they are the worst
A constant reminder
Of the trouble, you’re in
The constant whining
To unsteady your mind
A sharp stick
Is the best trick
For a farmer in a village
Filled with dogs
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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