Poetry, recent, Satire

Headline Rhymes

Before believing it’s helpful
For kids to skip school for the climate

Consider the wisdom level
That surely must be behind it

If I’d been an activist at 16
I would have made your head spin

As leader of an airtight regime
Based on the songs of Led Zeppelin

Why not speak truth to power
With a snack over your lunch hour?

How about you teach us
After afternoon recess?

Or a bake sale
So you don’t fail
Out of school?

Views on the news, delivered so smooth. This week’s inspired by:

Self-Harm Versus the Greater Good: Greta Thunberg and Child Activism

Teenage Climate-Change Protestors Have No Idea What They’re Protesting

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  1. Sydney says

    Kids come home from school
    they tell me what’s hot and what’s cool

    many assemblies where yobs like Bill Nye
    announce end-of-world news with hue and cry

    union teachers rant ‘fake news’, hate on Trump
    they tell kids Greens and NDP need a vote bump

    I look forward to October election
    pray that voters make a better selection

    than a trust-fund surfer who never worked
    who went to India and was filmed as he twerked

    maybe then we can make our own oil
    and take globalist rhetoric off from the boil

    we need to put Canada back together again,
    make immigrants assimilate, and stop hating men.

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