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Seditious Youth

Filed Under , on August 26th, 2017

Seditious Youth

By Seth Kabala

Few things bring as much joy on a Sunday
Than hiking with family, despite youthful dismay

For whatever the parents’ intention on leaving
That ideal, soon to be the subject of bereaving

Arriving at the planned destination of course
Bodies pile out, all at once, sally forth

Then cresting the first hill of this grand expedition
A request comes from the back, and it seems, yes, sedition

They want not to tromp through clumps of grass, mud, and flowers
They want, instead, an entertaining way to pass the hours

With lamentations offered until sanity is at end
The decision is made: fine, we relent

Power up the device, waggle to, waggle fro
It’s time, boys and girls, for Pokémon GO!

First up in the Gotta Catch ‘Em All category is Pikachu
This small yellow and red rabbit-looking thing makes me want to shout “Pokémon who?”

How could a cheery-looking creature, so innocent, so pure
Make me think positively of bathing in manure?

For that’s what was on my mind when it came on the screen
Not what we needed to find, but who would hear me scream

Let’s not worry about all the plants, trees, and bugs
Let’s follow our device in the thick and looks like a bunch of thugs

Either that or typical youths today
Neither going somewhere nor wanting to stay

Because although we did find that first Pokémon character
Keeping him, it, I don’t know, inside the ball barrier

It wasn’t enough to quench the kids’ thirst
For electronic gadgetry shenanigans, and raiding Mom’s purse

Then who gets the bill for all of this ruckus?
That’s right, Dad, who says, “Oh, what the fuck is … ?”

I suppose it’s better than the plight of a lot of families
Stuck inside on a Sunday, putting paper to similes

Like overgrown weeds scratching the pavement
They brush over their medium, never quite making a dent

But here we are in the woods, in the thick

All together
Devices forever
Not too bad weather
Family time is a pleasure
Genuine adventure

Time for me to stop being a dick

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Seth Kabala

About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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