Lost cause, or: Broken

A terza rima (sort of)


A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

-A Proverb
๐Ÿ”— His wife and son had been waiting for years
๐Ÿ”— Now he could show them how much he had changed
๐Ÿ”— Their love for him would have been worth the tears

        ๐Ÿ”— He could not know what the Don had arranged
        ๐Ÿ”— But the thugs said that he'd always be owned
        ๐Ÿ”— For in jail, he'd soul for safety exchanged

๐Ÿ”— Defeated, the ex-con harsh fate bemoaned
๐Ÿ”— For he could never repay what they'd loaned


๐Ÿ”— On the job he got three slugs in the chest

        ๐Ÿ”— He'd died quick, the coroner would attest
        ๐Ÿ”— Shot before he'd even had time to blink
        ๐Ÿ”— His widow wept when he was laid to rest

๐Ÿ”— The story shaped how his young son would think
๐Ÿ”— He'd forever hate his father - that unreliable link

d’Verse poetics

Prompt: The Proverbial

For this prompt, choose a proverb or a pair of proverbs. Use them as you wish โ€” as an epigraph or within the poem. Be serious or funny. You can use one of the proverbs below or choose one of your own. Yes, they are often clichรฉs, but that gives you a challenge to make your poem original, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ Make certain you clearly state the proverb.


  • Many hands make light work.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Opposites attract.
  • You are never too old to learn.
  • You canโ€™t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • Stop and smell the roses.
  • He who hesitates is lost.
  • Strike while the iron is hot.
  • Look before you leap.

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