'Should' Shouldn't Be TrustedYou should honour your commitments,'Should' Shouldn't Be Trusted18 hours ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and that shouldn't be a problem.
I should have the money by Friday,
and you should always wear a condom.
You should listen to your mother,
and you should never tell lies;
and you should stand up to bullies,
'cause they should pick on someone their own size.
All these problems that are caused,
when Should is AWOL or MIA,
usually pale beside the havoc
that Should causes when he arrives fashionably late.
Because he travels with a medicine show:
all radiant smiles and crooked teeth,
and empty promises of wondrous things,
so you should really suspend your disbelief...
You should write back to that Nigerian Prince-
you should take that golden opportunity!
You should never allow your children to be vaccinated-
you should rely on their natural immunity.
You should open that strange attachment
to that e-mail that says: YOU REALLY SHOULD REPLY!
And should bad things keep on happening to you,
you should never really ask why.
Instead, you should simply co
It Doesn't Pay to Be a PillarWe love to create idols,It Doesn't Pay to Be a Pillar19 hours ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and to raise them up high-
hold them up as examples,
stretching into the sky...
But even as we adore them,
spreading our insincere love all around,
we're already eagerly anticipating
the far more enjoyable orgy,
when we tear them back down.
Just like we've misused
and abused the word 'hero',
until it's been stripped of
its original meaning;
we've likewise forgotten
the more sinister definition of 'idol',
as something the ignorant and superstitious
place fanatical false belief in.
But the one positive thing,
that can be said about modern idols;
even though it often
stretches the truth to tell,
is that in the end,
very few of our modern idols
ever set out,
to choose such a rôle for themselves.
The same can't be said for pillars:
Those considered of indispensable station-
the only thing that most pillars have in common,
is a true craving for adulation...
Because merely being needed,
is never enough.
It's not as pure a high,
as being thought essential.