The Voice Issue 30: July/August 2017 - Page 47

Okay, let’s dive into this head first.

Here’s a word to the wise:

Leave cliches out of your writing; they’re the worst.

Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes.

I hate to burst your bubble,

But I think I got here in the nick of time.

You’re up to your ears in trouble

Your cliches are a dozen a dime.

Every time I see one,

It sends a shiver down my spine.

They’re always the same, been there, that’s done.

Where do we draw the line?

I hope by now you’ve seen the light.

You can stop this, you live and you learn.

Think twice before the next time you write,

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

They have no meaning anymore,

They’re just overused and vague.

Cliches are clear as mud, a bore.

Please avoid them like the plague.

An Ax to Grind with Cliches

Prompt: Color


when the sky shines pink,

I often wonder if it's doing so for me.


when I blush for the people I love,

I wonder if it's because they are the inner pink I need.


when I dance around my room at night,

I wonder if my inner pink is shining out of me.


when I tuck my head and cry my tears,

I wonder if it's because I have run out of that inner pink.

Or maybe I'm just fading away.

My Inner Pink

-Anna P, Wolcott, VT