In her workshop this afternoon, Margaret Holbrook supplied us with some idioms to choose from which we were firstly encouraged to interpret literally and then figuratively.
Hitting the Nail on the Head
Now I’m retired, there are some days I spend
twiddling my thumbs ‘cos I’m at a loose end.
I get up quite early and put on a brew
and then, if it’s Wednesday, pop to B and Q,
a wond’rous emporium for keen D-I-Y-ers.
You can buy all you need from nails to pliers.
The price for us oldies has 10% off. It’s
a wonder sometimes that they manage a profit.
Then back home, I tackle the task that I dread,
grasp my hammer and hit the nail on the head.
You’d think it was something would work without fail,
but at times it’s as if there’s no head on the nail.
I bet you can see where I’m coming from.
You’ve hit the nail on the head whilst I’ve hit my thumb!
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
Wear your heart on your sleeve,
now where does that get you?
It will nothing achieve
but disdain, that I’ll bet you.
Be savvy, be coy, be sly and wary.
Be cunning like Machiavelli.
Don’t be naive. Don’t be airy-fairy.
Your heart on your sleeve? Not on your Nelly.