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April 19: Such a Cliché

Usually, you should avoid old sayings, clichés, and overused expressions in your writing--avoid them like the plague! Hahaha! Today, however, I want you to do the opposite and go for it! Just do it! Don't chicken out! (This is one of the many problems with these sayings--once you start, it's hard to stop!)


Choose one of the clichés/sayings below and write a poem that somehow incorporates it. You can argue for or against what it says, look into its history, make up a history for it, or anything else.




Never judge a book by its cover.

God works in mysterious ways.

A stitch in nine saves time.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Ignorance is bliss.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

Love is never having to say you're sorry.

Turn the other cheek.

One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Love is blind.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

All that glitters is not gold.

Laughter is the best medicine.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Leave no stone unturned.

It's like shooting fish in a barrel.

Make a mountain out of a molehill.

As busy as a bee.

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

Throw good money after bad.

One foot in the grave.

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

As thick as thieves.

One good turn deserves another.

Can't see the forest for the trees.

Turn the other cheek.

Home is where you hang your hat.

The goose that laid the golden egg.

Run it up the flagpole.

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Stop and smell the roses.

It's as easy as pie.






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