The Ballad Of The Proverbs Poem by François Villon

The Ballad Of The Proverbs

Rating: 3.0


So rough the goat will scratch, it cannot sleep.
So often goes the pot to the well that it breaks.
So long you heat iron, it will glow;
so heavily you hammer it, it shatters.
So good is the man as his praise;
so far he will go, and he's forgotten;
so bad he behaves, and he's despised.
So loud you cry Christmas, it comes.

So glib you talk, you end up in contradictions.
So good is your credit as the favors you got.
So much you promise that you will back out.
So doggedly you beg that your wish is granted;
so high climbs the price when you want a thing;
so much you want it that you pay the price;
so familiar it gets to you, you want it no more.
So loud you cry Christmas, it comes.

So, you love a dog. Then feed it!
So long a song will run that people learn it.
So long you keep the fruit, it will rot.
So hot the struggle for a spot that it is won;
so cool you keep your act that your spirit freezes;
so hurriedly you act that you run into bad luck;
so tight you embrace that your catch slips away.
So loud you cry Christmas, it comes.

So you scoff and laugh, and the fun is gone.
So you crave and spend, and lose your shirt.
So candid you are, no blow can be too low.
So good as a gift should a promise be.
So, if you love God, you obey the Church.
So, when you give much, you borrow much.
So, shifting winds turn to storm.
So loud you cry Christmas, it comes.

Prince, so long as a fool persists, he grows wiser;
so, round the world he goes, but return he will,
so humbled and beaten back into servility.
So loud you cry Christmas, it is here.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Indira Renganathan 18 March 2017

Too many thoughts...too many approaches...too many results....life is like that to bring in something virtuous with too loud cry too.....great

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Tom Allport 18 March 2017

a so so poem of many outcomes and then before you no it? It's Christmas again!

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Susan Williams 18 March 2017

Reminds me of Proverbs in the Bible... for me it is best to read one and muse over it for a day or two than to read so many and their message becomes diluted.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 18 March 2018

Prince, so long as a fool persists, he grows wiser; so, round the world he goes, but return he will, so humbled and beaten back into servility. So loud you cry Christmas, it is here........loved these lines. Beautiful poem shared.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 18 March 2018

Oh this is fantastic and so well presented......... and the truth speaks........thanks for sharing

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 19 March 2018

Thanks for the lovely poem shared, Congrats for the POTD.

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Alexander Julian 19 March 2018

The word so almost rings in sound like a bell because there's so much variation to its effect and rhyme I almost feel my senses burning.

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Sanjukta Sahoo 18 March 2018

A ballad of the Proverbs, truly sets you thinking hard. Lovely poem shared. Thanks poet.

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Joshua Adeyemi 18 March 2018

so hurriedly you act that you run into bad luck; so tight you embrace that your catch slips away.

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Susan Williams 18 March 2018

He lived in the 1400's but the message is still relevant today 600+ years later. I thought I might get hung up on archais language or style but the poem flows smoothly from start to finish. If I were allowed to rate the poem, I would give it a ten.

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