Center View

We seal all the spaces
Where critters show their faces
In the black of night
Where lovers dream

We tell our stories
Reiterate our fears and glories
In hope they carry us
Through days to come

The stranger spies and declares
“How wise you are” to prepare
For future storms
Now unknown

We settle for a moment’s pause
Choose to smile in thanks and nod
Why bother to explain
In the middle one works both ends Adages and Proverbs. Lillian challenges us to write a poem using an adage from a list provided below without actually penning the line but making it obvious to the reader. At the end, cite the line. Quite a challenge Lillian. I hope I did it justice.

  • Many hands make light work.” Adagia
  • “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Poor Richard’s Almanack
  • “Fish and visitors stink after three days.” Poor Richard’s Almanack
  • “To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.” Poor Richard’s Almanack
  • “Things are not always what they seem.” Bee-Keeper and the Bees” from Aesop’s Fables
  • “The truth shall set you free.” John 8:32
  • “To everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Forrest Gump, the movie.

The phrase I chose is “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Poor Richard’s Almanack

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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8 Responses to Center View

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I especially liked the second stanza where are stories carry us through the days to come.


  2. It always been a story applicable to all human being

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lillian says:

    Yes, Mary! You did indeed do the prompt justice! Ending is quite perceptive!


  4. I love the last stanza in particular.


  5. Helen Dehner says:

    This is a wonderful pairing of “line” and poem …. Cheers!


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    This is gorgeous, gorgeous writing, Mary! Wow! ❤️


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