Humor Poetry posted August 29, 2017 Chapters:  ...69 70 -71- 72... 

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A chapter in the book Let's Laugh 6


by Barb Hensongispsaca

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'Hey, you little whippersnapper!
Where you think you're goin'?'
I used this word for all my kids.
I loved the way 'twas flowin'.

I had a set of twins that were
identical to see.
So sometimes I could never tell
twin 'A' apart from 'B'.

They thought that it was funny
when I called for John not Jim,
they'd take off running through the store-
control seemed rather slim.

I solved it with a word my Gram
would use when she called me.
So 'whippersnapper' came to light
and they'd come 'one, two, three...'.

This worked on all my children well
because they did not want
to be embarrassed in a store
when I refused to hunt.

I think this word should be upraised
because it can be used
in different ways instead of words
that leave a child so bruised.

Writing Prompt
Some beautiful English words are sinking into the Swamp of No Return, AKA oblivion. Bring one out, wash it off and use it in a contemporary way in a poem or essay. Humor is encouraged, but please keep it clean.

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MKFlood thank you for permission to use your picture.

Whippersnapper was a word oldsters used to call youngsters, or start a lecture, or yell at them politely, or one they used if they forgot the whippersnapper's name.

The meaning of 'whipper snapper' has altered over the years, originally referring to a young man with no apparent get up and go, to be applied to a youngster with an excess of both ambition and impudence.
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