A Duck-Billed Platitude

 

 

AnElephantCant always avoid clichés
The artist has mentioned this a million times
He gets sick as a parrot
All stick and no carrot
But the rhymer sometimes needs one for a rhyme

We know the doodler has oodles of talent
He takes to drawing like a duck takes to water
Your scribe’s in the dog house
As poor as a church mouse
With prospects like a lamb to the slaughter

This pachyderm grows old and confuseder
Is there some animal who never forgets?
Does every dog have his day?
Where there’s a will there’s a way?
Over the hill or just hedging his bets?

Why is the horse such a source of sad clichés?
About water but not about drink
Get on when he’s high
Close the door wave goodbye
And a nod is as good as a wink

Perhaps the writer just isn’t the brightest
He can’t find his way even to Rome
His goose is well cooked
He has leapt but not looked
The lights are on but there’s nobody home

Let’s put an end to this shaggy dog story
Let’s pretend the fat lady has sung
This dodo is dead
Let’s put it to bed
And wish the cat had got more than his tongue

The rhymer knows that his work is quite hackneyed
Does he lack skill or just have a bad attitude?
But time is the thief
He’s sick to his back teeth
So he signs off with a new duck-billed platitude

 

 

 

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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7 Responses to A Duck-Billed Platitude

  1. Reblogged this on fictionwriterwithablog and commented:
    Seems my pink pachyderm friend is ahead of me (as usual), here is a lovely example of fun with cliches, and yet not one overdone

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  2. mixedupmeme says:

    I am starting to back track through your blog and I came upon the Duck-Billed Platitude and thought….oh how clever. And after I read it, I decided to make a comment. And as I scrolled down…..I found I had already made a comment.

    You must have really made an impression the 1st time round. I’m giving you another chance.

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  3. Love the use of cliche. Very clever. This rocks.

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  4. Christina ~ says:

    Always a fun ride with a smile throughout and at the end….thank you friend! 🙂

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  5. mixedupmeme says:

    Sometimes you find a blog that you like and maybe want to read a few more times. They interest you or give some insights into life or advice on how to live your life. And you think how interesting and useful. But you just kind of file the blog away someplace.

    And then other times you find a blog that is absolutely worthless and useless — but wild and wonderful. And you think….I have to start at the beginning of this blog and read everything.

    OH DEAR!! I hope you don’t have years and years of pages to read. lol If you do, I may not write another entry.

    Looking forward to reading and enjoying the art too.

    meme

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  6. RLKing says:

    Awesome use of cliches. 🙂

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