Wednesday, April 22, 2020


NaPoWriMo PROMPT: Engage with different languages and cultures through the lens of proverbs and idiomatic phrases. Many different cultures have proverbs or phrases that have largely the same meaning, but are expressed in different ways. Find an idiomatic phrase from a different language or culture, and use it as the jumping-off point for your poem.

Looking for Silver Linings 

The Czech said, “No need to walk around the porridge.” 
“Yes,” said the Frenchman, “The carrots are cooked.” 
“But there’s no need to make a bull out of a fly,” warned the Finn. 
“You’re right,” agreed the man from Japan. “Even monkeys fall from trees.” 
“Still, not all donuts come with a hole,” warned the Italian. 
“Well” Said the Swede, “There’s no cow on the ice.” 
“Yeah, no need to cry over spilt milk,” sighed the Yank. 
“We may be going bananas but there’s gotta be a light at the end of the tunnel.” 
“Yes,” agreed the German, “everything has an end, only the sausage has two.” 
“I’m not so sure,” said the Japanese. 
“If you speak of tomorrow, the rats in the ceiling will laugh.”

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