"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Segue from Magpie #35

After posting my "Leaf Ride" poem for this past weeks
Magpie Tales, Stafford Ray made a comment on my blog:
"First we rode in a side box on the old Indian, then we had a three ton truck and kids rode in the back, no sides or anything to hold us in, then we had a car and all sat inside. Then we had seat belts in front and no babies allowed to ride on laps, then no arms outside windows, then everyone had to have a seat belt, then no phones in the car. Why not make them completely safe and ban people from using cars at all... except for leaf rides!"
Well- that triggered another poem. Which I then sent to
Stafford and he replied with his version. I like his better
than mine, and he says he likes mine better.
So- here are both for all of you to enjoy!
Cheers!
Kathe's version:

First the covered wagon
Children running alongside
Then the Model T
Kids bouncing loosely inside
Now we're all buckled in
With no laps to sit on
Children watching DVD's
Instead of life flying by
All I can say is-
"Good grief why?"

Stafford Ray's version:

Before 999.

First the lumb’ring Conestoga
Took us where we had to go. A
Few years on, a bouncy ride
In Model T, thrown ‘round inside.
Now with belts and bags and laws
No kids on laps, and child proof doors
It seems the fail-safe life we lead
Is fool-proof, holeproof, guaranteed
Strapped in children, eyes transfixed
On DVD’s, adventure missed
So much of life goes flying by.
And I just wonder: “Good grief, why.

http://staffordray.blogspot.com/

and don't forget to go to Willow's blogsite Magpie Tales...she started it all!

http://magpietales.blogspot.com/

8 comments:

rudy said...

"Good grief, why?" indeed. Progress is so not progress in many cases. Liked your original Mag as well - very fun post...

elizabeth said...

love the idea of poets pinging off of each other. thanks for sharing

http://thejoyofbeingamonkeywrench.com/they-are-clapping-for-us-all/

Karen S said...

You've captured my observations about car rides -- I hate that my kids look at their silly games and not out the window (or at maps as I did).

Stafford Ray said...

what a lovely thing to do Kathe!

Jinksy said...

Two for the price of one can't be bad, even if they came from two heads!

kathew said...

Jinksy-two heads are better than one!
And Stafford- I loved putting up both our poems!

ds said...

So much for "progress." I like them both... And I thank you both.

Dave King said...

You have health and safety people on your backs as well, do you?