Fortune Cookies

Wisdom, like coffee, is never good instant.
You hold the keys to success.  Don’t lock them in the trunk.
Chinese Zodiac gone bad:  the snake swallows the rabbit.
Chinese Zodiac revenge:  the horse tramples the snake.
The dragon breathes on the horse, making a fire horse.

Secrets are best kept in the bones, far from the mouth.
You will be hungry later.  Swallow the rabbit.
Be prepared to get stepped on.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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34 Responses to Fortune Cookies

  1. the last line does step on us. i love how you make me think, you somersault my mind.

  2. 1EarthUnited says:

    Wow! Very nice play on Zodiac animal symbolism. Swallow the rabbit indeed, the path is clear! ☼

  3. secrets are best buried, not kept, in the bones!
    I like the staggering canter of this poem!

    • Thanks, Noel! Oh, I just thought of something. A series of Igbo sayings written as one-liners would make a great “fortune cookie” poem, Noel-style…And I agree. Those secrets belong in the marrow.

  4. Love these, especially the one about the keys!

  5. Oh yes … ‘Secrets are best kept in the bones …’ Brilliant 🙂

  6. I can see I’ve been using the wrong takeout joint.

  7. Brilliant, this is achingly clever…love it!! 🙂

  8. Alice Keys says:

    What fun these are. I want these in the fortune cookies from now on. 😉

  9. Miriam E. says:

    Wow. Susan, this is definitely one that reverberates. The last stanza is mindblowing!
    Amazing work!

  10. annotating60 says:

    This looked like a lot of fun. Mine it for everything.

  11. John Lee says:

    I love the subject matter on how waiting is better than instant gratification. I also really enjoyed the analogy with Chinese Zodiac on how selfishness in essence is a vicious cycle and will only repeat itself in the end. Until broken. Great poem!

  12. jlee379 says:

    I love the subject matter on how waiting is better than instant gratification. I also really enjoyed the analogy with Chinese Zodiac on how selfishness in essence is a vicious cycle and will only repeat itself in the end. Until broken. Great poem!

  13. poetatete says:

    I laughed
    I cried
    I scratched my head.

  14. janehewey says:

    oh, great start to my Monday. your one-liners are perking up my creativity center!

  15. boomiebol says:

    Secrets are best kept in the bones… Amen sister, Amen!

  16. nelle says:

    Trampled underfoot for knowing when to observe and learn. Stepping into the unknown, following a trail in search of a cure, abandoning everything to the chase, it didn’t take wisdom, an effort powered by desperation.

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