#SampleSunday – 21st Century Chanty

Since last week was Talk Like A Pirate Day, this poem seemed appropriate to share. Also: I didn’t write anything new this week.

by Marian Allen

Oh, the Modern Life is a rollicking life,
The jolliest life I know.
For I eat when I’m hungry and drink when I’m dry
And microwave “hi” or “lo” –
           Ha, ha!
And microwave “hi” or “lo”!

It’s good to come from a day at the bank,
Fresh ozone blown on the breeze,
A pop in my left hand, Big Mac in my right,
And watch any channel I please –
          Ha, ha!
And watch any channel I please!

Oh, you may sing of the days gone by,
But these are the days for me, say I.
The Modern Life for me –
          Ha, ha!
The Modern Life for me!

Now, wasn’t that jolly?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Does your main character like his or her times, or wish for an earlier or a future “paradise”?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#SampleSunday – 21st Century Chanty

  1. Jane

    September 24, 2012 at 9:13am

    Ahoy, matey!

    Reminds me of SCA. I wouldn’t think of going back there for real.

    I lost my bookmark for a pirate name generator, but it just might be worth googling to find it again.

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      Marian Allen

      September 24, 2012 at 9:27am

      Avast! You wouldn’t think of going back to 17th century piracy, or the Middle Ages, or SCA? –What’s that you say? “All of the above”? Now, now, Queen Alexis. Every so often, I get a flashback to my Maude McEwen days. Terrible thing, to get flashbacks when I never dropped acid. Would remembering Yang the Merciless singing about Steerpike ruling from an empty throne by the Queen’s command be considered a cheap high or a cheap low?

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  2. Jane

    September 25, 2012 at 9:17am

    As the TV says: Priceless!

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