Have you ever considered
Such a thing as a pig learning to fly?
Would it sprout wings and take to the sky?
Or maybe it would stretch it’s legs to the air,
Sprinkling a trail of magic dust everywhere.
Such a strange thing, a pig with aviation.
Where did it get these powers? Radiation?
Did some fairy grant it a wish?
Or did it give it’s little tail an extra swish?
Would it be happy up there flying ‘round?
Would it ever want to come down?
Perhaps the pig would miss rolling in it’s mud.
But maybe flying through the rain is much more fun!
I don’t know much about a pig taking flight,
But I do know it’d sure be a sight!
Another phrase would have to take its place...
Maybe we could say, "When a snail wins a race!"
Behind the Poem...Writer's Block
This is a fun one I that I wrote in attempt to keep my work flowing. It's sometimes difficult for me to consistently write something that I actually connect to. While almost all of my poems are silly or fun in some way, for the most part they have a tangible story or truth behind them. This was just not one of those days. But what do you do on those days when you can't come up with something original, somethings that's "your own"? You steal someone else's!
Of course this wouldn't be considered plagiarism, but doing something as simple as asking "what are some old sayings I can put a spin on" can get you started on making something that is unique and your own. A lot of times when we face writers block, we just need a starting point. The phrase "when pigs fly" was mine for this poem. There are all kinds of ways you can take that phrase. You can wonder where a pig would fly, you can wonder what types of things might come true if a pig were to fly, you can ask yourself "would a pig be happy flying?" or you could wonder if pig wings taste very good in barbecue.
There's a whole slew of ways you can spin a phrase or a story line to help get you out of your funk, and "When Pigs Fly" did that for me.
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Liberty Jensen • Writer
Liberty is a donations manager, finance student, and full-time drinker of coffee. She enjoys poetry, her cats, and spending time with her husband.