A watched Roman never boils.
(- He does it in secret.
Really.)

There's this big, ole sign in the middle of the city that says:
"WHEN IN ROME, NEVER BOIL"
In tall, very noticeable letters.

...But in all honesty
Everybody
Does it there -
Just when no one is looking.
Watching.

They say that
Dead men tell too many red-handed chickens to spoil the soup
When witnessed water starts to bubble.
That is why most Romans act as if they are
Walking on
Spilled milk
All the time:
They know that they should
Save their eggshells for a
Greased lightning
Rainy day.
Because on those days.
No one is looking
And they can boil all they want.

But remember:
Don't count your chefs before they
Do as the Romans
Or you'll wind up with
Cold,

Spoiled,

Eggshell

Soup.

a writing assignment from en202, my one creative writing class at bu. the task here was to construct a poem with common idioms and axioms found in american english. mine were: "a watched pot never boils", "when in Rome, do as the Romans do ", "dead men tell no tales", "too many chefs spoil the soup", getting caught "red-handed", "don't count your chickens before they hatch", "walking on eggshells", "don't cry over spilled milk", "save your pennies for a rainy day ", and "greased lightning ".

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