Lost cause, or: Broken

A terza rima (sort of)


A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

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

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

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


πŸ”— On the job he got three slugs in the chest

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

πŸ”— The story shaped how his young son would think
πŸ”— 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 β€” 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 clichΓ©s, but that gives you a challenge to make your poem original, right? πŸ˜€ 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 can’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.

64 thoughts on “Lost cause, or: Broken”

  1. Powerful piece, David. You unchained your creativity and created an interesting link between the proverb and your poetic story. The graphics add another engaging layer. Bravo!

  2. What a sad story and outcome! I liked the ‘chain links’ which is how life often plays out. Great poem!

  3. Wow. Talk about payback! Being owned usually makes you a semi-valuable asset since you will do whatever is asked – without question. Seems he committed suicide by mob! Your Terza Rima (sort of) is quite nice and reads smoothly. (Did you intend to have the middle line shifted to its own stanza?)

    1. BTW, it’s not that I shifted the middle line to its own stanza – it’s that there are 3 entire lines missing from the poem, which would have been one of the links in the chain ⛓️

  4. Wow, that final line… It’s very powerful. Goes to show different perspectives, and in this case, you can change but at what cost? As well that actions have consequences. Beautifully penned, David. ❀

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