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Poem: Gnomic American

Made in America just like mom’s apple pie
Johnny was always the Apple of her eye

From small beginnings he came to great things
Though the root of evil is money
And a doctors faults are covered with earth
And a rich man’s with money

Finding himself in a hole
The first thing he had to do
Was to stop digging
Johnny could never leave well enough alone
Knowing that you don’t get what you deserve
You get what you negotiate 
And he was willing to make a deal with the devil

A man is judged by the company he keeps

Even though lightening never strikes
The same place twice
Ignoring that he had already reaped what he sown
An opportunity of a life time is rarely so labeled
And nothing is as great as the unknown

At first he didn’t succeed
So he tried, and tried again
A plan for himself
To avoid being part 
Of someone else’s plan 
Taking that first step on the path
The hardest one
Towards the greener grass
On the other side of the fence

Nothing ventured nothing gained
As wise men listen
To the two sides to every story
And then there’s the truth 
There is no honor among thieves
And he who hesitated
Was lost

An example of a gnomic poem based on American idioms. It was a challenge for sure, but there were a lot of American sayings to choose from.

To learn more about this type of poem click here.

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