The computer, smartphone, and iPad too
Are all that this child could want.
With Clash of Clans, and Auto-Theft 2,
I’ll always be so smart
School studies can suffer–no homework tonight–
I might watch a little TV,
But my brain is exploding, I’m feeling all right,
There’s nothing the matter with me,
I’m happy as I can be:
Now Mother and Father will sputter and fuss–
They don’t understand at all.
For Granny and Gramps said, “Read! You Must!
Or all your grades will fall!”
But we take exams on computers at school,
No notes, but txts we snd!
The Principal axed the No Gizmos rule
So our school-wide strike would end–
“Unions Forever, my friend!”
Steve Shoemaker, September 2, 2015
NOTE: Click HERE to read Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac posting on Eugene Fields, author of such poems as “Wynken, Blinken, and Nod”.
Steve Shoemaker wrote this in response to Wallace Stevens’ poem “What Is Divinity” posted today on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Click HERE for the Wallace Stevens poem and the Stevens’ bio posted today on The Writer’s Almanac.
What Divinity Is
(A response to Wallace Stevens)
The Madonna who pulls back just enough
of swaddling cloth to show the Magi what
had bled so recently on our behalf.
The twelve-year-old who finds a place to sit
among the wise (but disobedient
to both his searching, mystified parents.)
The young man with the twelve who heals, confronts
the proud, turns water into wine, asks who
is without sin? The one who shows the way
right here on earth to live in peace with neighbors,