“What Did You Pay For Those Shoes?”
It’s better to have a lesser
but certain advantage
than the possibility
of a greater one
that may come to nothing
“My wife says I’m the second smartest. She claims there are 80 guys tied for first”
Indeed a living dog
is better than a dead lion
when you consider that
a sparrow in your hand is better
than a thousand sparrows flying
“One more question”
The Code Talker has said:
“There are a thousand paths
you can take in life.
But there is only one right one…
when you’re on the right path, you’ll know it.
“There’s something that bothers me”
The Lieutenant had it right
as he mumbled and stumbled.
We watched as he disassembled
the fiendishly clever cover stories
of the loathsome rats who
considered themselves his better
“Just one more thing….”
He was always on the right path
and though we cheered and knew
The criminal didn’t have a clue
(Unlike our Frank)
“Oh, I do a little cooking, sir. Nothing fancy”
bought months ago from Paul the butcher
and kept in the freezer until last week,
cooked with celery, as he advised.
Leeks and winter leaves from the farmer’s market.
Tossed in a pan.
“Well, it’s better than a gallstone. Did ya ever have a gallstone ma’am?”
Irrationality lies not in failing
to conform to some preconceived notion
of how we should behave,
but in persisting
with a course of action
that does not work.
“There are a couple of loose ends I’d like to tie up. Nothing important you understand”
The plain-spoke lad is far too rough,
The rich young lord is not rich enough,
And one is too poor and one too tall,
And one just an inch too short for them all.
“My ears pop in an elevator. As a matter of fact I don’t even like being this tall.”
This was written for the prompt which suggested taking a well known proverb or saying, (in this case “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”) typing it into Google and collecting phrases and words form the first few pages of results. Here it is and it also ended up being a tribute to one of my favourite Detectives!