They say “pride goes before a fall”
I say “I don’t agree.
Pride is what makes us excel,
our downfall’s vanity.”
They say “the truth will set you free”
I say “I must demure.
Whose truth are you speaking of?
I assume it must be yours.”
Clouds have silver linings and
it’s darkest before dawn
and early birds all get their worms
and ugly ducks are swans.
We’ve thrown up clichéd fences
of homily and adage
with lies for all occasions
to carry ‘round like baggage.
There are many memorable mottos
that would better be forgot.
For there are no glib pronouncements
worth a single original thought.