I wrote a parody of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” as one of my earliest posts. I liked the result but few people saw it because the blog was so new. I’ve been meaning to write a sequel ever since.
That said, it’s time to revisit one of the cruelest topics I’ve ever dealt with: children and animals… so here’s another morbid poem. (Admittedly, the original was better.)
You can take kids to the forest,
They will see a lot of flies.
You can tell them not to feed the bears,
But then some poor kid dies.
Can’t they listen to instructions?
Don’t they want to stay alive?
‘Cause they play like there’s no danger there
That they just cannot survive.
Just like George and like cats
Who are curious young guys,
Though his hope’s springing high,
Still, he dies.
Should we try for something safer?
Is the subway that bad too?
(Children falling in like teardrops
Ain’t what they’re supposed to do.)
We can try hard to restrain them,
We can offer them a prize,
‘Cause the third rail’s got some energy,
And it makes sure some kid dies.
We may choose to take the bus now
We may hope that no one fries
We may warn “That fence should not be climbed”
But always someone dies.
Does that image so upset you
That we’ll have to try the beach?
But there’s sharks there underwater,
When kids drown you’ll hear a screech.
Down to the depths of ocean’s floor,
In through the teeth, they’re gnashing his brain,
He’s a shark’s breakfast, bloody with pride,
Floating and bloating he flows with the tide.
Leaving behind cries of terror and fear,
Into a stomach that’s wondrously clear,
Bringing the flesh that his ancestors gave
He is the dream and the hope the sharks crave.