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.
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