Mimicry (Not Always Flattering)

Throwing rocks with friends.  Your little sister or brother, not to be left out, threw a rock straight up, it landed on their head.  Activities ended predictably, when sister or brother went home crying.

“You were supposed to be watching your sibling.  What kind of example were you setting?  Did you see that big bump on your little brother’s noggin? No more rock throwing.  Up to your room, young man!”

Sub-zero winter temperatures, media outlets showed people throwing pans of boiling water into the air, demonstrating water’s immediate vaporization.

More that a half-dozen imitators were injured attempting the same stunt.  “Don’t try this at home.”  How many times has that been said?

Peppa Pig and friends, a cartoon, popular among toddlers, and the younger set.  The characters speak in British dialect.  Parents have been surprised by their toddlers doing things “straightaway,” wanting to go on “holiday.”

Mimicry could be far worse.  Ersatz Road Runners, “Beep-beeped,” on playgrounds all over the country in the sixties.

“Hey, Hey, Boo Boo.”  Of course that was Yogi Bear, the famed picnic basket scavenger from Jellystone Park.

Bad Donald Duck imitators were among the worst.

Porky, long before Peppa, stuttered.  Don’t stand near imitators, for fear of inevitable spittle baths, from all those “P’s.” in P-P-Porky P-P-Pig.

 

 

 

Time Perceptions

Low hanging clouds
Muted red, white, blue bunting
Thunderstorm laundered freshness
Parallel rails gleamed, bright, shiny
The church modernized
To multi-storied multipurpose
Urban decay apparent
Businesses, closed, boarded
For lease, available, in perpetuity
Buildings, once revered
Despised eyesores
Didn’t matter anymore
Yesterday’s classics, abandoned
With cracked windows
For who knew, how long?
Cryptic messages mocked
Sensationalism skipped town
And, the world hadn’t ended

 

 

HIP, HIP, HOORAY!

The Stars and Bars

Are coming down

Cheered by everyone

From the elite

To the working classes

Not to spoil anyone’s fun

The transition has begun

All things fade away

Action to over-reaction

Jubilation to apathy

Capital opportunities seized

Photo ops for politicians

To do what they do best

This may be a good thing

It won’t erase the hate–that still

Exists in some hearts and minds