Mary E. Adair
What one must do to see where a cliche
On uniqueness of poetry does prey,
Is read enough that others have written,
To see whenever one's work is smitten.
Find phrases to capture the reader's mind;
Leave out all cliches diligence can find,
From mottoes in Ben Franklin's "Poor Richard"
To grandma's cross-stitching every word,
For instance, "making hay while the sun shines,"
Despite craftiness while writing their lines,
To say "while the sun shines, I'm making hay,"
A cliche will always be a cliche.
December 11, 2000, Mary E. Adair