Rational Repost

So, following on from ‘An angry expression of a possible dismal future‘, I realised maybe I was wrong. I made an appearance at a spoken word event and there were some really great kids doing some exciting stuff. To balance things out, I wanted to argue with myself… so I wrote this:

Chill your boots Tippers, you’ve got this wrong.

Like a daily mail reader, banging the gong.

You see you’re focussing on one or two baddens,

and it’s that kind of attitude that I’m afraid, well, it saddens.

My friend, you’re a positive guy with a bright disposition

Your mum taught you manners and to feed your ambitions.

You learnt about politeness and answers to questions

and listened and grew from peer made suggestions

But I still remember a certain chap of 18,

Not a child, nor adult but somewhere between

who woke in his vomit yet went back to slumber

with two days in porcelain to vomit and chunder.

The kid who got drunk and made silly mistakes

whose mouth rained out shit with no use of the brakes

You thought you knew it all, an elitist tit

But son, by far, you were never quite it.

And I know you know that it’s all part of growing

and I know you’re grateful to those parents you’re owing.

So firstly let’s look at those kids you’re accusing

of being behind and seemingly not choosing

a life spent with intellect and rational knowledge

Of schooling and uni and skills learnt in college.

Maybe they haven’t had the opportunities you got

to be encouraged to think, right out of the cot.

Maybe they need confidence and not just a voice

who blames them for something that wasn’t their choice

Maybe they do choose to be not like you

And why not? Why should everyone do as you do

The world would be boring if everyone was the same

So cheer up and grow up, stop portioning blame.

Secondly, there’s a lot of kids who are absolutely amazing

Why not focus on them and start some appraising

Like Boyan Slat who is cleaning the sea

Of previous generation’s shit and debris

The first person to walk on mars is alive and walking

I notice you’re not an astronaut, so let’s look who’s talking.

The point is, it’s easy to see fault.

But let’s put that negativity in an unopenable vault.

Yes, some kids are bad and do cause some crap

but most kids are awesome, so don’t fall in the trap

Nobody is perfect we just need to inspire

The next generations to build this empire

Praise folks, encourage and always see good

It’s not always easy, but try harder we should.

So, whilst it’s nice to spit lyrics and rhymes

Don’t be an arse, tippers, let’s get with the times.

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