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Poem - The Wooden Spoon

Updated on June 21, 2013



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



I have lots of poems here, for example The Lake of Dreams - if you would like to read more then see My Profile Page... - thank you for taking the time to read any of them :-)


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      des donnelly 4 years ago from NYC....

      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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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


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

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      des donnelly 5 years ago from NYC....

      @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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      vespawoolf 5 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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      des donnelly 8 years ago from NYC....

      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...


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      Trips 8 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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      des donnelly 8 years ago from NYC....

      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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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

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

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      des donnelly 9 years ago from NYC....

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

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      mythbuster 9 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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      des donnelly 9 years ago from NYC....

      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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      ajcor 9 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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      des donnelly 9 years ago from NYC....

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

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      Only1tribe4u 9 years ago from Tucson

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

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      des donnelly 9 years ago from NYC....

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

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      des donnelly 9 years ago from NYC....

      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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      Fayme Harper 9 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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      Paul Edmondson 9 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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      des donnelly 9 years ago from NYC....

      thanks folks for the comments... Drax

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      epictruth 9 years ago from Frisco

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

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      Research Analyst 9 years ago

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

    • Drax profile image

      des donnelly 10 years ago from NYC....

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

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      Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Isn't praise the new discipline?

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      des donnelly 10 years ago from NYC....

      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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      Cailin Gallagher 10 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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      Social Conscience 10 years ago from Earth - Where are YOU from?

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

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      colin mcdermott 10 years ago from Manchester UK

      hahaha great poem

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      des donnelly 10 years ago from NYC....

      thanks for the comment Eileen....


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      Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

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


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