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Poem: "Science, Unfair"

This poem came out of the April 5, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from thesilentpoet, my_partner_doug, aldersprig, janetmiles, and kelkyag.  It was sponsored by janetmiles.  Clearly, everyone wanted to see the science fair involving the folks from Monster House.  Heh ... yeah.  I've actually heard stories from the kind of science fair involving kids with access to way too many cool ideas.

You can read the rest of the "Monster House" series by following the links on the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.


Science, Unfair


"So how did the science fair go?"
I asked my daughter.

"Total failure,"
she grumbled.

"What went wrong?"
I asked.

"First I wanted to do a project
to make a ghost visible,
which you vetoed
because it wasn't safe for the ghost,"
she said.

"Well, yes ..."

"Then I wanted to do a project
building a perpetual-motion engine
with some help from the troll in the basement,
which Mom vetoed
because it wouldn't be all my work,"
she said.

"Okay..."

"Then I wanted to do a project
with a poltergeist and levitation,
which my teacher  vetoed
because levitation 'isn't real science'
and he doesn't believe in ghosts,"
she said.

The little old lady ghost shook her head
and went back to her transparent knitting.
My daughter giggled,
but only for a moment.

Meanwhile her baby brother
crawled over my feet to sit by the floor vent,
dropping Cheerios one at a time through the grille
to feed the coblynau knocking away underneath.

"So what project
did you actually wind up doing?"
I asked.

"I just gave up and asked Grandma
to loan me her time machine --"

"Wait, what?!"

"-- so I could go to the future
and get a Kiddie Kold Fusion Kit,"
my daughter said.

"Please tell me you didn't blow up the school
or anything like that," I said.

"No, because that doofus Peter
left it too close the radiator
and it melted," she snapped.
"So I didn't get any credit at all!"

"I'm sorry to hear that, sweetie,"
I said.  "I'm sure next year will go better."

"Yeah, because next year
I'm going back instead of forward,"
she said.  "Let's see them
try to ignore a clutch of T. rex  eggs."
She stomped up the stairs, curls bouncing.

I picked up the baby, settled him on my hip,
and headed into the kitchen to my wife.
"I thought you told me,"
I said carefully,
"that your mother was senile
and none of her inventions
actually worked."

"Well," she said faintly,
"that's what we thought."

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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: April 7th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin!* I love love love Monster House.
eseme From: eseme Date: April 7th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Seconded!

It is such a great setting, and has room for so much.

Also, a baby brother? Oh my.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> Seconded!

It is such a great setting, and has room for so much.<<

Yay! It's fun to see what you folks decide to explore.

>> Also, a baby brother? Oh my. <<

*chuckle* It will be interesting to see how he develops.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That's always fun to hear.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: April 7th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I'll keep saying it, then :-D
eseme From: eseme Date: April 7th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha!

Again, this the fabulous endings.

Also, I am not surprised about the Mad Scientist Granny at all. Not in that family.

Oh man, they're a handful!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Again, this the fabulous endings.<<

I'm happy to hear that.

>> Also, I am not surprised about the Mad Scientist Granny at all. Not in that family. <<

The really fun thing is: there's no telling whether or not the inventions work, and whether or not they actually do what even Grandma thinks they do. But it does rather suggest an idea of what might have attracted some eldritch attention to that side of the family in the first place, or at least, an earlier place.

>> Oh man, they're a handful! <<

Yes, yes they are. A handful of tigertail.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: April 7th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, Mad Scientist Granny!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: April 7th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this series!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

That's always fun to hear.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: April 7th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! :D
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 5th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
There are numbers that probably ought not be there.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fixed!

Thanks for pointing this out.
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