When Conversation Turns Nasty

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Conversation (posted by Susan)

The Little Boy and the Old Man
by Shel Silverstein

Said the little boy, ‘Sometimes I drop my spoon.’
Said the little old man, ‘I do that too.’
The little boy whispered, ‘I wet my pants.’
‘I do that too,’ laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, ‘I often cry.’
The old man nodded, ‘So do I.’
‘But worse of all,’ said the boy, ‘it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.’
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
‘I know what you mean,’ said the old man.

There once were two men conversing
’bout a play they were rehearsing.
Talk turned to fight,
each thought he has right,
and polite chatter turn into cursing


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to When Conversation Turns Nasty

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    That is so often the way of it! Sometimes better to keep quiet, lol. I do that a lot!


  2. Poppy says:

    Ah, such drama! But the show must go on, so I hope they agreed to disagree, politely!
    Nice to meet you, Sarah.



  3. Susan says:

    Wonderful limerick. I love, too, how you matched it to the Shel poem. Haha!

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Love how you weaved the limerick with the Shel poem 💜


  5. Differences of opinion sometimes do that. Love how you displayed the Shel poem with this. A lovely and sad truth perfect for the prompt.


  6. Uttley says:

    I love limericks. Good one!


  7. marja says:

    Wonderful limerick That’s the problem isn’t it that everyone just wants to be right


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