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Poem: "Jumbo Shrimp and Other Oxymorons" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Jumbo Shrimp and Other Oxymorons"

This poem came out of the February 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from thesilentpoet and aldersprig.  It has been sponsored by aldersprig and the_vulture.  While this can be read as ordinary poetry, it can also be read as science fiction, in that it matches the dawn of the Conservancy in my main science fiction universe.


Jumbo Shrimp and Other Oxymorons


You'd think
it would be a redundancy
instead of an oxymoron --
mature adults --
but no.

Search that phrase online
and you'll find mostly pr0n.

You'd think,
by that age,
they would have learned
how to behave responsibly,
but no.

When I moved out,
my dad turned my bedroom
into a massage parlour.

Here's another one --
senior citizens --
surely by now it should mean
voting in every election
and not getting arrested at protests,
but no.

Just last month,
a grandmother handcuffed to her wheelchair
somehow prized loose a wire,
picked the locks,
and managed to escape.
In her wheelchair.

What is the world coming to
when it's not the children
but the parents who need supervision,
when it's not the teen years
but the golden years
full of humorous and horrifying hijinks?

And then they wonder
why we grow up to become conservatives.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 9th, 2013 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL
From: rhodielady_47 Date: February 13th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent poem. There's an old saying about there's no fool like an old fool.

Middle-aged folks always complain about teenagers. Here locally I've yet to meet a teenager who had less than good manners. I'm sure there must be a few around here but I haven't met them yet. What I have met are lots of cranky, rude OLD people who apparently have forgotten whatever manners they may have had once upon a time.
:)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2013 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Excellent poem. There's an old saying about there's no fool like an old fool.<<

I'm glad you liked this.

>>Middle-aged folks always complain about teenagers. Here locally I've yet to meet a teenager who had less than good manners. I'm sure there must be a few around here but I haven't met them yet. What I have met are lots of cranky, rude OLD people who apparently have forgotten whatever manners they may have had once upon a time.<<

It varies. Any person, or group of people, can be good or bad -- usually a mix of the two. There are, however, often trends that sort by time or place.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: February 14th, 2013 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

"Any person, or group of people, can be good or bad -- usually a mix of the two."
I agree. What I find interesting is what brings out the good or the bad in a person. You never know which way some people will jump sometimes.
:)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Yes, that fascinates me too. I love looking for moments where a character would justifiably jump the opposite way than expected.

Most people are contextual; they'll do what others around them are doing, even if that happens to be evil. It's rare to find someone whose actions don't change based on whether someone is watching or telling them what to do.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: February 15th, 2013 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

You're right about us being contextual. I wonder if a species can be social without it sometimes...usually right after I've gotten "snake-bit" by it.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2013 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

There are many forms of sentience, each with their own set of strengths and weaknesses. The more contextual a species is, the better they cooperate and the more vulnerable they are to groupthink problems. Conversely the less contextual a species is, the harder it is to cooperate but the less they cave to peer pressure.
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