Poem - The Wooden Spoon

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I showed the child the wooden spoon
She laughed and said;-
“That is a modernist
symbol of oppression
whilst you may view it with nostalgia
using it on me
will result in legal action
and withdrawal of your grandparent privileges
I will also be alienated
But that is nothing new"
I bit hard on the spoon
to vent my dissatisfaction
with the post modernist regime
resolving myself to continued celibacy
to prevent a recurrence

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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

very true, we can do nothing to reprimand our kids these days.


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC.... Author

thanks for the comment Eileen....

Drax


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colin mcdermott 8 years ago from Manchester UK

hahaha great poem


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Social Conscience 8 years ago from Earth - Where are YOU from?

AH! Well VENTED, Drax! Excellent. Way to take a bite!


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Cailin Gallagher 8 years ago from New England

I feel your frustration. Just glad the nuns can't use the old cane anymore. Ouch! My hands still hurt from the Sisters of Mercy in Ballaghaderreen.


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC.... Author

Hi folks... thanks very much for the comments. I was educated by the christian brothers and they used leather straps... I can categorically state that there was nothing christian about them at all ... many of them were total sadists...

... Drax ...


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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Isn't praise the new discipline?


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC.... Author

Hiya Paul... perhaps it is, is then the absence of praise sufficient to produce behavioural change, one wonders...


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Research Analyst 8 years ago

Interesting how each generation has a different view of what discipline is.


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epictruth 8 years ago from Frisco

Sometimes a good spanking does the job. Let's be honest, no?


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC.... Author

thanks folks for the comments... Drax


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Paul Edmondson 8 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Good or bad, It's more likely the reward that's likely to influence the behavior... it's the hope of praise to the child.


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Poetic Muse 8 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

When a person carves their own spoon, they develope a new appreciation for it. And spooning is a good thing too.


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC.... Author

Hiya Paul, as you say good or bad, in theory we have moved to a more enlightened age, except for war...


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Drax 8 years ago from NYC.... Author

PMuse, this still means that even the hand carved spoon cannot taste the soup... :-)


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Only1tribe4u 8 years ago from Tucson

Who ever thought a spoon could also be used for birth control.


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Drax 7 years ago from NYC.... Author

Only1tribe4u I missed this comment, apologies, the funniest things work well for birth control... thanks ...Drax..


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

great poem - I think that a wooden spoon used well can produce a good effect on a child's bottom whereas the discipline of today's child appears to involve much talking - ad infinitum - to no good effect.... cheers.....


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Drax 7 years ago from NYC.... Author

Hi ajcor - thanks for the comment, I would agree that there is a happy medium somewhere in the middle.... thanks Drax


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mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

A truly different take on the wooden spoon...a strange catalyst to bring about celibacy - very nice, Drax


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Drax 7 years ago from NYC.... Author

Thanks Mythbuster - it is always fun when a poem takes twists and turns and the outcome is never assured... 


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

This is great! - celebacy to prevent a recurrence - wonderful line. I have bookmarked this one.


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Drax 7 years ago from NYC.... Author

Hey Patty thanks very much for the nice words... this really happened you know...  I was in my insurance broker's office and her daughter was there climbing over the furniture and generally misbehaving and I mentioned the wooden spoon, she rolled her eyes as if to say the wooden spoon is out of fashion a Long time... LOL


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Trips 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Okay, Drax, you are most definitely a FANTASTIC poet. Having read 4 of your poems (so far), I can say this is an inarguable fact.


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Drax 7 years ago from NYC.... Author

Hi Trips... thank you very much for the nice comment, it is lovely to get encouragement since one writes away - oft times in a silence of sorts, wondering...

Regards..Drax..


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Very clever and so true...these days, old-fashioned discipline is called abuse. Well said! Love your poetry!


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Drax 3 years ago from NYC.... Author

@vespawoolf... sorry for the late reply, I'm running filters on all email and it seems some of my mail is not getting through.. thanks very much for the comment !


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Greetings!

Love the poem! Big Smiles! Hope your persona changes his mind about the celibacy thing. : ))


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Drax 3 years ago from NYC.... Author

Ocfireflies... thanks for the comment ! well the celibacy thing is an interesting argument since many mystics believe that it clouds both your vision and judgement, ironically.. :-)

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