Thursday, 17 January 2013

Chinese Proverb

Image Source:

I was asked to write a humorous poem based on an old adage. The subject matter was left completely up to me and not having written for a while I went for something easy. I hope you enjoy it.

Chinese Proverb

He lay there silent,
head tipped back,
a look of surprise
fixed in his eyes.

On his head
two black spots lie
separated by a maw
that was not there before.

The line of scarlet
crossed his brow.
He’d not had time
to utter 'ow'.

I remembered then
an old adage;

“Do not remove a fly
from your friend’s forehead
with a hatchet.”

John Carré Buchanan
17 January 2013

6 comments:

  1. I guess we ought to be careful how we deal with our friends, and your poem did bring a smile to my face.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rum Punch Drunk,
      Thank you very much for your comment and your continued support of my blog despite my failure to post much recently. I'm glad I managed to put a smile on your face.
      Having not written for quite a while (I have been through an extended period of set backs in my pain management) I have managed two poems today, so I must be on the mend.
      Hopefully I will be back into the swing of things soon.
      Once again thank you.

      Delete
    2. Sorry to hear about the setbacks you had in regards to your illness, and I hope that you will be back on track very soon. Pain is no joke, and I fully understand the difficulties you may face from time to time.
      Just do what you can, when you can, and I'll continue to pop round regardless. Hope you get it all under good control soon. Take Care John.

      Delete
  2. The stark, grim reality of what goes on in battle. Kind of puts things into perspective and I like the ironic way you end the poem.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Andrew, Thank you for your comment. I had not seen this as a war poem, it was supposed to be an amusing (black humour) take on the proverb. Funny how people interpret things. Now you have said it I understand where you are coming from.

      Delete

I really appreciate constructive feedback. If you are able to comment it would be most grateful.

Visitors






Free counters!



Popular Posts

Blogs I Enjoy Following

  • Missing My Mum - Diane Scantlebury - We never quite got on My mum and I, For I was always A daddy’s girl, But I miss her most On Mother’s day, She was the grit In our family pearl, She’d make u...
    1 hour ago
  • Kentucky Racial Tension - No racial tension In Lexington Kentucky Just tense & intense races Black & white race Cat & rat race Foot Ford train & plane race I am lost amidst this
    1 day ago
  • The Soothsayer - I’m a gypsy roaming turquoise sunsets Fixing pots and pans with artisan hands, A troubadours quill with poems to scribe Wandering psychedelic mystic lands: ...
    4 days ago
  • The Answer - "Am i scared to die?" You ask me Well, I am i must confess In answer to your question then A honest answer "Yes" But ask me "Am i scared to live?" Then this ...
    5 days ago
  • NIGHT OF THE HUNTER - Some years ago, before moving to the coast at Bordeaux Bay, I lived in the Parish of St Peters, one of the few remaining rural parishes. I had, then, two yo...
    1 week ago
  • International Women's Day - A few wee lines to celebrate being a woman in a modern world. At least, here....not every woman is quite so lucky.
    2 weeks ago
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll - *I didn't realize how long it has been since I have been here to write* *Change often seems to create a sense of suspended animation* *where the outer wor...
    3 months ago
  • The soul... - Photo - Barbara Allen 2016 The soul starts out on high, in a peaceful place, and then at birth it comes down, to inhabit a body, and is swept into a ragin...
    3 months ago
  • This Job, Not That Job - *What I'm reading: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon* *What I'm listening to: Incomplete by James Bay* Isn't it fun to spend your birthday ...
    8 months ago
  • ... gloriously exciting! - There is something gloriously exciting about anticipating ones next Chad assignment, sitting in the back of the relative comfort of seat 34J, the the dron...
    2 years ago
  • Time-Out - Every now and again in life we come across a bump or hurdle. It can come in our relationships, our finances or as in my case, health. Right now I've been...
    3 years ago
  • thumbs up - it was a battle. looking back i don't think we ever had a chance, but you don't just give up on a young man in the prime of his life. we had to try. he ...
    3 years ago