dVerse Poets has the prompt "Growing Up".
It irks me somewhat nowadays that, if I make light of something,
it automatically gets ridiculed as a "Dad Joke"
- a less than subtle jibe intended to make me
'grow up', 'act my age', 'be more mature'.
Well, fuck that for a joke.
We succumb to daily pressures
To meet the status quo;
The system loves to remind us
That it controls the show.
While adult life has pleasures
That children cannot know,
It also serves to bind us
And limit where we go.
Our children are unrestricted
In what they ask and do;
The world to them’s a playground
Where everything is new.
While we adults are constricted
Kid’s dreams can fly the coup;
Would the world stop spinning ‘round
If we went with them too?
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013