November 2010: Proverbs

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Jonathan Ball

Possible Interpretation: A rhyme to remember how to avoid a hangover. Red sky at night: shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning: shepherd’s warning.

Variant: Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised. If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride, but you better not think about going outside. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” —Jesus Christ. The coat makes the man. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. All things come to he who waits. A cobbler formed the shape of shoes on a wooden foot shaped last. If it lasted long he was happy. Associated with Campanology (quotation from a Church bell tower). Truth will out. It’s a poor job that can’t stand at least one supervisor. One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Time flies when you’re having fun. Judge not, lest ye be judged. Never rub another man’s rhubarb. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Jonathan Ball holds a PhD in English with a focus in Creative Writing and Canadian Literature. He is the author of two books of poetry, Ex Machina (BookThug, 2009) and Clockfire (Coach House, 2010). His writing has appeared in numerous publications across Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia, including The Capilano Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, Matrix, The Believer, and Harper’s. He is the former editor of Dandelion and the former short films programmer of the Gimli Film Festival. His short film Spoony B (Martian Embassy Films, 2005) has appeared on The Comedy Network, and he co-wrote a screenplay that served as the basis for the independent feature film Snake River (Ronin Films, 2010). He teaches Creative Writing in Winnipeg.

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