Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!

27 Nov

The below pieces are limericks. According to Dictionary.com, a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

Poetry.org says that limericks are a popular form in children’s verse, and is often comical, nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd.

For the purposes of the below limericks, I’m linking them together so going forward I’ll call this style a Limerick Chain. These five limericks are linked together around to advocating community activism.

The images below is the late, great muckraking journalist, Upton Sinclair. He was also a Pulitzer Prize winning author of nearly 100 books. His writing helped usher in the progressive era in the United States. He is one of my heroes. The first book of his that I read is entitled The Jungle.

I hope that you enjoy this poem.

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“Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

You think that you’re smarter than the average man so please help me understand
How that can be possible when your head is buried in the sand?
You don’t do any research.
You don’t practice what is preached in church.
An ignorant person is out of place like a fish on dry land.

upton sinclair

Since when is being apathetic cool?
Like Mr. T used to say, “I pity the fool!”
Take note of the sign of the times.
They can be as bitter as limes.
Fulfilling your civic duty is a rule.

Internet petitions will NOT get it done.
In order to get a tan you have to get in the sun.
Don’t be scared to get involved.
If we work together problems will get solved.
So let’s team-up and make a championship run.

Complacency is a cowardly act.
Change is brought via action and that’s a fact.
Without struggle there is no progress.
There is an element of fear I will confess.
When fingers are clinched into a fist there is more impact.

Increase knowledge today so that you can become empowered.
If you are a “know-nothing,” you’ll miss the boat and your spirit may become soured.
Actions speak louder than words.
Faking the funk is for the birds.
Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!

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