Old Ladies With Sticks

Today’s  challenge  from Na/GloPoWriMo  Day 10  is to write a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon


Old ladies with sticks

chased me from my car, over the railroad tracks

to the safety of the curb

where I was protected by trees until I found

my weapon

buried at the bottom of my backpack

something I could use

to do battle

with those vicious old ladies with sticks!


I stepped bravely out to the curb

weapon in hand

I lifted it to the sky

I clutched it in my fist and screamed

to those vicious, merciless old ladies with sticks

” Screw you rain! If you were snow, everyone would love you! Hear me! Be gone vicious hags!”

and I unfurled my umbrella and went to war

bravely with honor against

those vicious, evil, Old Ladies With Sticks.


Inspired by a Welsh  saying:  “Mae hi’n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn” which literally means “It’s raining old ladies and sticks”. David Goadby, Pwllheli, north Wales

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