Banned Book Week
We ban a book and hope to keep
A child in innocence.
But such a strategy, of course,
Is simply lacking sense.
For innocence cannot remain,
No matter what we try,
And growing children recognize
A literary lie.
So when we ban or burn or try
Maneuvers of this kind,
We just adopt another way
To stunt a growing mind.
1. Dumb …
The sexy robot stared so sexily
That soon I thought, “Could this be right for me?”
2. … and Dumber
Ralph went shopping with dear Roe, and
Did what he'd been well taught:
Kept his mouth completely shut, and
Smiled at all that Roe bought.
[robot = 1a: a machine that looks and acts like a human being b: an efficient but insensitive person 2: a device that automatically performs repetitive tasks]
Shakespeare Couplet: Romeo and Juliet (1)
"A pair of star-cross’d lovers”—we begin
This contest which young lovers fail to win. (Prologue)