Etruscans were Italians before there was Rome
And they started a custom with a chicken’s Wishbone
It’s the furcula bone between the neck and the breast
A slight V-shaped thing, most of you could attest
But did you know Etruscans thought fowls were prophetic?
Because hens predict eggs with a squawk—how pathetic
And so these old-timers would ask their bird questions
They didn’t have Cable is Bossy’s impression
Anyway, that tradition handed down to the Romans
Who looked to their chickens to predict the town’s omens
They believed a broken wishbone could enable good luck
For whoever broke the big piece — the small piece = schmuck
The Romans gave this superstition to the English
Who renamed the Wishbone to please standards quite priggish
And thus “Merrythoughts” was the bone the British acquired
When they wanted the wish that they all so desired
Here’s how: two folks pull on both sides of the bone
And yank ‘til it breaks—if there’s a trick, it’s unknown
Because strength has nothing to do with the winner
Next: you keep your wish quiet and get back to your dinner
Hence the start of the phrase, “I can’t catch a break”
Who knew there’s a saying from a bone, for christsake
In honor of Etruscans and their wishbones so kitsch
Just what would you want if you could have your one wish?
(Leave in the comments below.)
And Happy Thanksgiving to Bossy’s council!
bossysMom saysNovember 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Oh Bossy…So Thankful there’s a you.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysNovember 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Happy Thanksgiving, Bossy! Happy to have you back. I do the full-time grind too, so I know it’s hard to find the time–your particular brand of blogging genius is appreciated.
Charlie saysNovember 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Well, there goes my theory. I thought that the phrase was “can’t catch a BRAKE” and was derived from a game in which competitors tossed brake shoes at each other. (Clearly Bossy has not attended one of my family’s Thanksgiving dinners.)
zidia saysNovember 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Oh Bossy! So thankful there’s a you,TOO! (Bossy’s Dad)
greg bro saysNovember 24, 2012 at 1:42 am
Wow , Zo. For thou art still the reigning queen of rhymes
Reticula saysNovember 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm
Funny poem. I’m in awe.
If I could have one wish it would be that I could work out conflicts with people so everybody is happy. And if that’s too much to ask, then everybody should just do what I tell them to do and at least one of us will be happy.