This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by janetmiles
. "Fun Weighs Nothing"
Modern entertainment is all based
on expensive computer consoles
or board games that cost $50 a box
but there was a time when
fun weighed nothing
and didn't cost either.
Kids ran around outside
playing tag and red rover
and blind man's bluff.
They made snowball forts
and fought epic battles,
built sand castles and mud slides.
There were no cell phones then,
no helicopter parents, and
neighbors actually knew each other.
Today most of the kids are fixated
on toys that blink and beep
and run out of batteries
but some of them still remember
that fun weighs nothing and
twilight isn't really dark
until Mom drags you indoors by the wrist.
* * * Notes:
The title is a riff on the premise that "Knowledge Weighs Nothing
" and refers to games that can be played without special equipment, as long as you have someone who knows the rules.
These are some traditional games