Stubborn as a . . . .


Stubborn as a . . . .

I must admit I’m stubborn, argumentative and such.
All these adverse qualities have me in their clutch.
But my mother’s from Missouri and my dad’s family is Dutch,
so they’re  the ones to blame for it, thank you very much!

If you call it tenacity it ends up sounding better.
I go from being mulish to being a go-getter,
and my stubborn tendencies cease to be a fetter.
They serve me as an asset instead of as a debtor.

As dogged as a pit bull,  determined as a cat.
A bull can be most bullish, you can’t argue much with that.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,
and nothing’s stubborn as a pig, no matter what you think.

So if you say I’m mulish, it’s neither here nor there.
Stubborn is one quality that’s not so very rare.
And when you point a finger and say I’m being rancorous,
the animal you’re channeling might be just as cantankerous!

I’ve been at a writer’s conference for past two days–today from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. so no new poems.. Here’s a rerun that meets the prompt..

The prompt is uncompromising.

7 thoughts on “Stubborn as a . . . .

  1. Christine Goodnough

    Ah, another cliche! I’ve been doing posts about them lately. :0
    As you have aptly shown, with traits there are two sides to the coin — another apt cliche. Industrious folks can be pushy. Tender and thoughtful folks can be indecisive ditherers. Stubborn people can be the upbeat type who don’t let circumstances get them down. Optimists can be unrealistic. And writers are definitely dreamers. 😉 Have fun at the conference.

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