NaPoWriMo🎙📚07/04/22 – Day 7.



💙Day 7 – a whole week of poetry prompts and so far, so good. So many proverbs to choose from. Eventually I chose “A leopard never changes its spots” Then I decided to write in rhyming couplets. 💛


And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that argues against, or somehow questions, a proverb or saying. They say that “all cats are black at midnight,” but really? Surely some of them remain striped. And maybe there is an ill wind that blows some good. Perhaps that wind just has some mild dyspepsia.  Whatever phrase you pick, I hope you have fun complicating its simplicity. Happy writing – Maureen Thorson


"A leopard never changes its spots."


Is it true a leopard never changes its spots?
Nature against nurture implies this joins the dots.

Applied to people does it mean we can't change?
All that growth and improvement we try to arrange.

Gratitude journals, yoga and affirmation.
Seems to show our attempts at reformation.

In the early years are our characters set in stone?
Or do we fail to change while we complain and moan?

If you are cruel can you learn to be kind?
Can you have an epiphany, a change of mind?

I believe people grow and change, if they want to.
Change after addiction, alter their point of view.

They convert from one religion to another.
They change sex where father becomes mother.

A leopard is born with spots it cannot change.
But people's minds are made to change and re-arrange.

©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2022


©Michaël Theys


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