New challenge from J. Patrick Lewis

Hi everyone,
J. Patrick Lewis
My thanks to Pat Lewis for presenting us with another of his challenges that will create a lot of good fun during the process of exercising our poetry muscles.

Pat, I want to thank you, too, for being such an outstanding United States Poet Laureate for Children. You’ve made us all proud!

Playing With Sayings

“Two heads are better than one”
Was made up by a guy named O’Brien,
An alien who lives on a planet
In the constellation Orion.

“When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”
When the mice are away, the cat will stray.
When both are away, it’s an empty house,
So come on, let’s play cat and mouse.

“Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.”
Don’t count your buttons unless they’re attached.
Don’t count your tomatoes till they turn red.
Don’t feed the piranhas in your waterbed.

“The early bird catches the worm.”
Does the poor late bird get nada?
No, the tardy bird gets take-out—
A bean beetle enchilada.

“A dog is a man’s best friend.”
You’d think that would offend
The cat who’s also a fan,
But he is a ladies’ man.

“Birds of a feather flock together”—
A warm defense against cold weather.
Birds of one mother groom each other,
Though maybe not, if they’re sister and brother.

“Look before you leap.”
Dream before you fly.
Laugh before you sleep.
Live before you die.

“Silence is golden,”
Gossip is lead,
Hubbub and uproar
Are fire-engine red.

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