Sunday, October 11, 2020



Writer' Pantry #41. I challenged myself to write
 a poem using idioms exclusively. What fun!
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United 
October 11, 2020 


Heavens to Betsy, I seem to be 
thinking in idioms….
Off the cuff, I was on the dole
up the creek and down the river
feeling low and beside myself
yet lost in the crowd.
I was in a fix and out of luck
sometimes higher than a kite
others lower than a snake’s belly
I lived it up, then hit the skids
and rode the rails
Life let me down
from the ground up 
and from the top down
I’d shot my wad
and hit rock bottom
I was tied in knots 
and coming undone
but I was tough as nails
and slick as a whistle
I let the good times roll
I was cut short shrift
but in for the long haul
and destined for success
so I’ll pat myself on the back
and take a bow

Bottoms up!



  1. Chuck full of fun. A clever write Bev
    Thank you for dropping by my sumie Sunday today


  2. Great fun, indeed, from top to bow!

  3. I love idioms. It's like as secret language almost like Cockney Rhyming slang. My mother used to say 'Heaven to Betsy.'

    1. I'm sure there are as many more as I used, but I had to stop somewhere! lol

  4. Yeeeeee-Haaaaawwww!!!!

    Great fun, Beverly. (and it is, indeed, hard to take a bow without going at least somewhat bottoms-up, eh?)

    1. You may be the only one who "got" the tongue-in-cheek "bottoms up"! Thanks for the yeeeee-haawww!

  5. You may indeed take that bow for squeezing all those slag saying in. Very entertaining!

  6. Wow! This is so clever and fun. I love idioms, but I will have to google Heavens to Betsy. Glad to learn something new today. Thanks.

  7. what a clever response to the challenge!
    "up the creek and down the river", without a paddle, i guess. :)

  8. Gee, I had imagined some of these were exclusively Australian. You wove them together wonderfully!

  9. One of my all time favorite challenges ... I love writing in idioms. You surpassed anything I ever attempted.

  10. Love it. Made me smile on a Monday. :)