Today’s Dverse poetry challenge has reminded me of a bit of fun I had with idiom and euphemism several years ago.


To play the game
play the fool
play the field
is fun I’m told.

Onthe town
on the tiles
on the piss –
I must be old.

Grasp the nettle
grab bulls by horns
up for grabs –
I’m still not sold.

In the mood
in the hay
in the sack –
I’m not that bold!

In the raw
the altogether
in the skin-
horrors unfold!

It pops no corks for me
doesn’t turn me on
or light my fire –
leaves me cold.

But warm as toast
sleeping like a top
snug as bugs in rugs,
now that’s pure gold

And I’m as happy as Larry
over the moon
on cloud nine –
well – it’s better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick!

About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.
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10 Responses to Euphemidiom

  1. Lesley says:

    = euphemism for femidom?

  2. brian says:

    ha. this was a delight to read…you caught a really nice beat and all the idioms left the curl of a smile on my cheeks…fun stuff…lol

  3. claudia says:

    ha..much better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick…nicely penned..made me smile more than once..

  4. Mary says:

    What a wonderful title. You really DID manage to weave so many idioms together in this very clever poem. It would be fun to hear it read aloud, as it has such a bouncy rhythm.

  5. Pat Hatt says:

    hahaha you sure playing the idiom field so grand, I’ll run if I ever see you with a burnt stick in your hand.

  6. Sue says:

    Sally, I like this! Bouncy, fun – I thought you said you didn’t do humour – this bucks your trend! I like it!

  7. zumpoems says:

    Nice light-hearted wit! And great use of your materials to create a end product that ends up emphasizing the fun and humor of the work over the materials! Well done!

  8. zongrik says:

    i like the chop chop of this, and how you blended the idioms

  9. Caty says:

    haha 🙂 this made me smile…i like the beat of it too

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