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Poem - The Wooden Spoon



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



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des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on July 11, 2013:

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.. :-)

ocfireflies from North Carolina on July 10, 2013:


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

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on December 15, 2012:

@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 !

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 22, 2012:

Very clever and so true...these days, old-fashioned discipline is called abuse. Well said! Love your poetry!

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on July 03, 2009:

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...


Trips from Portland, Oregon on July 02, 2009:

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 (author) from Co Tyrone.... on June 29, 2009:

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

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 28, 2009:

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

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on June 08, 2009:

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

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on June 05, 2009:

A truly different take on the wooden spoon...a strange catalyst to bring about celibacy - very nice, Drax

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on February 17, 2009:

Hi ajcor - thanks for the comment, I would agree that there is a happy medium somewhere in the middle.... thanks Drax

ajcor from NSW. Australia on February 15, 2009:

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.....

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on January 14, 2009:

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

Only1tribe4u from Tucson on August 15, 2008:

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

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on August 15, 2008:

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

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on August 15, 2008:

Hiya Paul, as you say good or bad, in theory we have moved to a more enlightened age, except for war...

Fayme Harper from Lucerne Valley, CA, USA on August 13, 2008:

When a person carves their own spoon, they develope a new appreciation for it. And spooning is a good thing too.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on August 12, 2008:

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.

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on August 07, 2008:

thanks folks for the comments... Drax

epictruth from Frisco on July 21, 2008:

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

Research Analyst on July 17, 2008:

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

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on May 23, 2008:

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

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on May 21, 2008:

Isn't praise the new discipline?

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on May 19, 2008:

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 ...

Cailin Gallagher from New England on May 18, 2008:

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.

Social Conscience from Earth - Where are YOU from? on May 17, 2008:

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

colin mcdermott from Manchester UK on May 16, 2008:

hahaha great poem

des donnelly (author) from Co Tyrone.... on May 16, 2008:

thanks for the comment Eileen....


Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on May 16, 2008:

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

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