Friday, October 26, 2012

When's Recess?

It's nearly slanderous
the things I read
on Facebook
hear and see on TV;
one side vs. the other,
who's better?
Did you know
when such and such
was in kindergarten
he blah, blah, blah?
this childish rant
that has two opposing sides
on a seesaw;
up, score one
down, score two
don't you dare
stay in the middle.
I won't be your friend
if you blah, blah, blah.
Fighting over Fruit Loops
or whose dessert is better?
A playground clique
that clacks my nerves,
nearly drives me insane.
Didn't you pay attention
in kindergarten, people?

Prompt inspiration: Imaginary Garden's Mary's Mixed bag: Pet Peeves


Mary said...

This made me smile, but oh so true. Some lessons one should have learned in kindergarten one has to continue to relearn throughout life, sometimes! Spare me the cliques, and the gossip, and the one-upmanships of life.

Brian Miller said...

ha i hear you....the political connotations alone, ugh....but also one of the reason i am no longer on FB...2 years free YAY! there are def things we should have learned...and we wish would have stuck from then

Linda H. said...

so true. Especially the political rants this time of year. I refrain from posting that crap on FB. If one knows me well, they know my political views. And if they don't know me, they probably don't care and/or won't be able to sway me. Plus, if they can't agree to disagree (and do it nicely) I don't need them.

I also try to avoid posting anything embarrassing to friends or family or to engage in disputes online. Life is too short.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I absent myself from any social morass that could possibly cause me intellectual despair. Your words were very clever at reminding me just why!

Daydreamertoo said...

Haha... Sooooo true to real life... even adults behave as if they ought to still be in kindergarten.
I'm only on FB to keep up with my family in the UK. Only post funny pics or nice quotes. Sometimes the fights on there, the language used is just too, too much, by friends of friends etc etc. I just steer clear or, hide their posts from my news feed.
But, I can see how all of this pettiness would rankle.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this is very good, Laurie. When will people ever learn to Play Nice??

Amrit Sinha said...

Such a nice message out there ... I hope they listen !!!

Susan said...

Fine analogy--send it to the campaign offices! And then, recess, finally. I love that you remind us of Robert Fulghum's classic.

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a lovely world this would be if we all learned to 'play nicely'!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh yes, and by the time they got to kindergarten, you'd think their mothers would have taught them not to chew with their mouths open, or to slurp noisily, or... Good stuff here, Laurie, and well said.

Unknown said...

The first years are so important, aren't they!
Great focus for your poem, Laurie.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

So very true! Well said Laurie!

Unknown said...

I always assume that by a certain age we each learn basic lessons. Sometimes I am reminded that my assumption is incorrect!

Hannah said...

Great point delivered well, Laurie...I've been surprised to hear some of the ways that kindergartners are treating each other at my son's school... :/

Maude Lynn said...

There are times when I am sure that a good portion of the population didn't listen in kindergarten and stayed stuck in middle school!

steveroni said...

Laurie, you tackle the big ones, yes? And when you get 'em down...they STAY down. A GOOD PIECE, dear girl.

Kindergarten had not been invented when I started school. By the age of 6, in first grade, it was all over for me.

Funny, I am VERY passionate when it comes to politics. Yet, I only discuss my beliefs with a few Peeps, who are like-minded.

Guess it's the only thing I do which is right--grin!

Sorry, have not been around to visit regularly, but you
are NOT

PEACE, Laurie K

Susie Clevenger said...

I know what you mean. It seems to never end. It seems acting childish doesn't have an age limit.

kaykuala said...

You got it right, Laurie! Got to FB to get informed. My nephews and nieces would be there with the latest news. I just skip the other petty things! Time wasters! Nicely!


Unknown said...

Only a few more days and all the political ads with be gone! Woo-hoo!

Ella said...

Well Done! I know how did we forget our manners~ Great reminder :D