The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #736
(Week of 5 September, 2010)

A musing on the purpose of laws and government, arising out of a phrase that occurred to me in the shower a few days ago while I was musing on the purpose of laws and government.

The Giant Marriage

A giant marriage no one chose
Seventy billion sardine toes
Ten for every passionate spouse
Packed in one tremendous house
With endlessly conflicting wishes
Somebody never does the dishes
That music doesn't match my mood
I do not share your taste in food
Coordination with just two
Is already hard enough to do
Now multiply by multitude
And mathematics lead to feud
How to effectively react
To each new grand or petty spat
Transgression, hurt and tit-for-tat
I'm telling mom and gimme that
To minimize the pain of collisions
Of individual goals and decisions
Inevitable with a dance this size
When all the steps are improvised
Rules not shackles of obedience
But strategies for disagreements
With ardent debate upon change or adoption
Because divorce is not an option

Copyright © 2010 by Dave Grossman

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