Sunday, April 25, 2010

Poem #25 & Final TV Turnoff #7 - Boredom

Today is the final day of TV  Turnoff week.  Last Monday, I had only written one stanza of this poem.  Now, to end the week, I've added a second stanza. 


In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl's Oompa Loompas sing a song about poor Mike TeeVee (who turns into a television), and Roald Dahl Fans gives us the complete lyrics to this song.  Here's a bit of the Mike TeeVee song below.

What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY...USED...TO...READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!

Here's a YouTube bit of this Oompa Loompa movie song.

And here's the classic book if you haven't read it aloud in a while.

I'm wondering if alternatives to TV would be a good poetry collection...what do you think?

(Please click on COMMENTS below to share a thought.)


  1. I LOVE the idea of needing a little boredom in order to grow. Boredom is really just a little bit of time that's not filled with scheduled activities (soccer practice, play date) or programmed activities (TV, video games). It's that bit of time where WE decide how it gets filled!

  2. This is so good, it sounds like shel silverstein