“Vi(r)gilant” Friday Flash 55



My rearing more classical
than equine,
I never understood why
you shouldn’t look a gift horse
in the mouth.

Especially if you wanted
to scope out
hiding Greeks.

I imagined peering down the maned
gullet, muzzle cocked, as I stood upon
a chair in High School English, faces
in the dark chest cavity torchlit,

55 true and slightly toothless words for the wonderful (and very tricky) G-Man.  Have a great week-end!

PS – Virgil here is author of the Aeneid, which, along with Homer’s Odyssey, is the main source of Trojan Horse story.  I had to read the Aeneid in college, not high school, but I learned the story well before college – maybe even from cartoons!   (As always, all rights reserved on drawings as well as words.  Love to have people use, but please ask and credit!)

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20 Comments on ““Vi(r)gilant” Friday Flash 55”

  1. brian miller Says:

    oh dang…nice mix of the common thoughts…not looking the gift horse in the mouth and the trojan horse…and cool centereing it in english class as well toward the end there…

  2. Awesome contribution! Clever and funny. G. will be so happy and he is so difficult to please!:) For the longest time I didn’t even know what that old saying meant. Sometimes I’m so dense. I think I was like pushing forty or something.

  3. brandi Says:

    I agree. COuld be many a Trojan in that horse!

  4. G-Man Says:

    This is just me but… In my minds eye The Greeks escaped the Trojan Horse via the Rear End.
    How funny and appropriate to see dozens of men dropping from the Butt of the colossal beast.
    Just Sayin…
    Loved your Hellenic 55 My Friend
    It seems I get nothing but cool and thoughtful contributions from you.
    Just the way I like it!!!!
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! I actually pictured them coming out of the belly, but you know, I was a rather naive child! Your way sounds much more true to life! Thanks Take care and have a great weekend yourself. k.

  5. Ha! This is charming, as well as filled with some very home truths. It’s one thing to appreciate a gift for what it meant to the giver, but another to accept that not every giver’s motive’s are pure. Loving the pun in the title. Hope you’re feeling better, k.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks! Back to work which has its ups and downs (but better than falling further behind). I think your interpretation is deeper than the poem! But appreciate it! k.

  6. G-Man Says:

    Oooops, I almost forgot….
    Your Drawing ROCKS!!!!!
    May I commission you for a Print?

  7. janehewey Says:

    I enjoy all the interconnectivity here, karin; and I especially like your drawing.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks. I was pleased by the drawing too. I was going to recycle something old as I’ve been doing lately but told myself to just get on with it, so was happy. k.

  8. happygirl Says:

    I love the mix of good old horse sense and classical Greek mythology. Great 55

  9. David King Says:

    My dad loved to explain that saying to me — but I was never convinced by it.

  10. claudia Says:

    ha – very cool – we have that saying here as well – cool blend with troja as well

  11. Sabio Lantz Says:

    That was funny!
    Always think twice about gifts!

  12. Margaret Says:

    …could have changed history! 😉

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