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A to Z – Poem for an Idiom



A to Z – Poem for an Idiom

By Prakash Hegade

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Copyright 2017 Prakash Hegade


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Preface Thoughts

It was last week of March 2017 and I had decided to do A to Z Challenge for the first time, which happens in April. I was looking out for some inspiration to freeze my theme for the challenge. That’s when I read the idiom “ichi-go ichi-e”. I was so much happy and impressed with the meaning that I decided to do Idioms and write a poem for them for the challenge. An eight line poem for the idiom selected is what I went for.

It was amusing going through idioms starting with each letter alphabetically every day and then selecting the ones which felt good the most. Much fun was putting them in eight lined poems. Some of them went through several edits, many hours and some in a single go, few minutes.

This ebook puts everything together from A to Z. There is an Idiom, its meaning and then followed by an eight line poem. I hope you enjoy reading them all. If you ask me my favorite, I would go for one done for the letter – ‘V’.

  • Prakash Hegade

Day One


Idiom: Achilles' Heel

Meaning: a vulnerable spot or weakness, a small problem or weak point in someone who is otherwise perfect


No obsession in love,

No folly in friendship,

No tiredness after work,

No dreams in life,

No aye, no nay,

No teeter-totter,

Is not Achilles’ heel,

But Achilles’ body.

Day Two


Idiom: Break a Leg

Meaning: Used to wish good luck



Prejudiced agenda,

Humiliating roar,

Sarcastic grins,

Taunting deeds.

My dear,

For what waits ahead,

Break a leg!

Day Three


Idiom: Clear as Mud

Meaning: something that is confusing and unclear


A kid’s exploration,

Curious surrounding,

Everything around,

Clear as mud.

Then the kid grows,


To become,


Day Four


Idiom: Dead Air

Meaning: a period of total silence, a period of awkward silence


Dead air,

Dead air,

Friend’s party,


And his her,

His ex,

Her ex,

Dead air.

Day Five


Idiom: Eat my Hat

Meaning: when one is sure about something is not going to happen, confidence on an event. Example: I will eat my hat if she agrees.


Lights could be knot,

Human teleported,

Time travelled,

Walked on water,

Read with eyes shut,

Infinity reached,

End Human stupidity?

Eat my hat!

Day Six


Idiom: Fair and Square

Meaning: doing things correctly, absolute accuracy, honestly and straightforward


Dare not,

To return it back,

What you now possess,

With what you eloped,

Flew away,

My heart.

You stole it anyways,

Fair and square.

Day Seven


Idiom: Guinea-pig

Meaning: one is a guinea-pig when made to take part in an experiment of some sort and used in the testing, where new ideas and products are tested


You won’t believe what happened next,

You won’t believe what he said,

What happens next is amazing,

Fifth one is my favorite,

Etc etc crap,

Click baits on social platforms.


The guinea-pigs!

Day Eight


Idiom: Hop, Skip and a Jump

Meaning: Refers to a place which is quite nearby. If a place is a hop, skip and a jump from somewhere, it is only a short distance away


Wander not miles,

Searching for peace.

Roam not roads,

Searching for happiness.

Travel not time,

Searching for mystery.

Take a hop, skip and a jump,

Towards inward.

Day Nine


Idiom: ichi-go ichi-e

Meaning: This comes from Japan. One time, one meeting – Once chance in lifetime. An encounter that only happens once in a lifetime, reminding to treasure every moment, for it will never recur


Dance for the beats of time,

Love for the care and shine,

Keep the protocols just fine.

Happiness lies in a dime,

Worry less for what is crime,

We all will have a bed time,

Raise glass with red wine,

Life, ichi-go ichi-e.

Day Ten


Idiom: Je ne sais quoi

Meaning: Comes from French. Literally means – I don’t know what. It describes an intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. If someone has a certain je ne sais quoi, they have a quality, usually pleasant, that is difficult to describe


My friend, oye,

Je ne sais quoi,

Bam Bam boi.

Makes sense,

To me and my friend,

As we share,

Stupidity, fanatical ability,

Same level of mental instability.

Day Eleven


Idiom: Kangaroo Court

Meaning: Kangaroo courts are those when people take the law into their own hands and form courts that are not legal


Pick a celebrity,

Pick what they said,

Give a twist,

Give a picture,

Add some spice,

Add some malice.

Internet becomes,

The kangaroo court.

Day Twelve


Idiom: Little ol' me

Meaning: read as ‘little old me’. It is a way of referring to one self that is meant to be modest or self-deprecatory, though often fake, attempt to be ironically humble or imply modesty


I have no patterns,

I have no plans.

I am celebrated,

For unpredictability,

For disorganization.

Stop looking for logic,

Little ol’ me, my mess,


Day Thirteen


Idiom: Mind Your P’s and Q’s

Meaning: way of telling someone to be polite and behave well


Dear Mind,

Mind your p’s and q’s.

Why so impatient?

Why sturdy heartbeat?

Why the hurry?

Why the blurry?

Why all the rush?

It’s just your crush!

Day Fourteen


Idiom: Nuts and Bolts

Meaning: the practical facts about a particular thing rather than theories or ideas about it, most essential components of something


Nuts and Bolts,

The ones memorized,

Could be under-fit, Over-fit.

From effortless smiles,

To immense discoveries,

The Nuts and bolts of it,

Is to understand,

Appreciate and Apply.

Day Fifteen


Idiom: On the Anvil

Meaning: On the anvil, means it is being discussed or prepared but is not yet ready


Meetings and meetings,

Discussions and deliberations,

Planning’s and more,

Roadmaps a many,

Considerations and ignorance,

Back to square one.

New inexperienced manager,

Everything on the anvil.

Day Sixteen


Idiom: Pyrrhic Victory

Meaning: A victory that causes the victor to suffer so much that winning seems worthless


Torments to the nature,

Dead and the blood,

Scarcity flood,

Dusty blocks,

Shattered rocks,


A political pest,

A pyrrhic victory.

Day Seventeen


Idiom: Quick Fix

Meaning: It is an easy or a temporary solution that might not last for long


When trust was broken,

Heart, let down,

Promises betrayed,

Faith overlooked,

Loyalty disgraced,

Eyes wet,


Is not even a quick fix!

Day Eighteen


Idiom: Rule of Thumb

Meaning: broadly accurate guide or principle, based on practice rather than theory


Between he and she,

Amid the fights,

Wrongs and the rights,

Amid the joys,

Hops and the cries,

In a successful marriage,

Rule of thumb is,

Fingers are uneven.

Day Nineteen


Idiom: Square the Circle

Meaning: trying to do something impossible


All sides unequal,

Square was unknown.

Diameter undefined,

Circle was unknown.

Free hands,

Free shapes,

Squaring the circle,

Was impossible to None!

Day Twenty


Idiom: Teeny-Weeny

Meaning: very tiny, very small


No’ problem is teeny-weeny.

No’ happiness is teensie-weensie.

We have our circumstances,

We have our contexts,

We have our own settings,

It’s between us,

Our problems!

Our happiness!

Day Twenty One


Idiom: Ugly Duckling

Meaning: child who shows little promise, but who develops later into a real talent or beauty, a person who turns out to be beautiful or talented against all expectations



Gifted us all,

To be ugly duckling.

Some realize, fly out,

Some realize, spread out,

Where most of us,

Assume born beautiful,

And just die ugly.

Day Twenty Two


Idiom: Vicious Circle

Meaning: sequence of events that make each other worse, one thing leads to another worsening the situation


In the gathering of life,

Amongst all the populace,

With all the recognized,

Friends, family, crowd,

There lies a vicious circle.

At the very every end,

One is,

Unconditionally alone.

Day Twenty Three


Idiom: Walk a Mile in my Shoes

Meaning: understanding someone before criticizing them, before judging someone one must understand their experience, challenges, thought processes, etc


Thank you for the roast,

Others laughed.

Thank you for the mock,

Others smiled.

I am not serious of myself,

I am serious of what I do.

Walk a mile in my shoes,

Oops, sorry, they don’t fit you!

Day Twenty Four


Idiom: X-rated

Meaning: x-rated are the ones not suitable for children


When you see a kid,

No matter where the mind is,


Life uncertainties,

Intellectual mess,

Filthy politics,

Blame game,

For them, are, X-rated.

Day Twenty Five


Idiom: Yellow Press

Meaning: a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers


Breaking bad,

Is the breaking news,

Shockingly sad,

Is the media rules,

The aim was, may be,

A yellow Press.

But now is all,

A shitty yellow!

Day Twenty Six


Idiom: Zip it

Meaning: used to tell someone to be quiet


Is it kind?

Will it bring smiles?

Is it necessary?

Will it cheer up?

Is it right?

Will it put peace?

If not,

Zip it please.

About the Author

Prakash Hegade

Academician, always a research student and blogger who loves to read and write!

Twitter Handle: @itsPhTweet


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