Saturday, December 28, 2013

Milkshakes

Back when milkshakes were free
for a white man,
everyone was happy.
The coloreds in the cotton didn't crow or complain,
same didn't go lying with same,
and Jesus taught third grade science
down at Jefferson Davis Elementary.

Respectable women didn't talk about their vaginas.
A vagina knew its proper place.
But no one shied from saying grace
or nigger.
Times were good,
and dicks were bigger

when milkshakes were free
for a white man.

For Marian's prompt at Real Toads

21 comments:

kaykuala said...

This is really something, brave comments I must say. Obviously things have since changed. Nicely MZ!

Hank

Sylvia K said...

Believe me, no one knows about this time more or better than me! Thank you! The best Christmas present yet!
Happy New Year, my friend!

Sylvia

Robert Bourne said...

the world has traveled some distance since those days... As Dylan sang "times they are a changing" and from where we stand today they will change again...

Mama Zen said...

Um, you guys know I'm being sarcastic, right?

Hannah said...

Well sarcastic or not...you make some good points, MZ...especially about the dicks. ;)

J Cosmo Newbery said...

There are times when I am acutely aware that I have lead a sheltered life. This is one of those times. You paint a vivid picture of a foreign world!

Marian said...

even the dicks were bigger back in the good ole days!

Kerry O'Connor said...

You do well to remind us that we have left many evils behind in the good ol' days, the bigotry and ungainly mix of science and religion. Your wit is finely-tuned and cuts on the very edge... I smiled all the way through.

Lorraine said...

I was hoping you weren't kidding ! either way it's always excellent
people think we've come a long way, but it's not true the prejudices are the same they just keep their mouth shut about it, I wish it were better...

grapeling said...

maybe it's late but this had me laughing, MZ. That damn Duck dude who's done an amazing job at getting his crap off the clearance bin and back into the must-purchase aisle for the discriminating redneck. ~

blueoran said...

And so went the dick, er, duck dynasty. Charles Blow in a recent NY Times op-ed wrote " ...Intolerance that is disarming is the most dangerous kind. It can masquerade as morality." You stripped it raw.

Fireblossom said...

That middle stanza is perfection. I like Brendan's observation.

Sioux said...

I loved the use of "crow" in your poem--and the double meaning (as in Jim).

hedgewitch said...

I think of all the poems I've read for this challenge, MZ, you truly cut to the heart of what it is to live in and regress to a past that unfortunately too many revel in living in, and are attempting to bring back. The wheel turns, and it always seems to crush the highest point under the lowest--I am waiting for it to revolve one more turn and bring back the Sixties--and *not* the 1860's. Thanks for telling so eloquently just exactly how it is for too many RWNJ's.

Rachelle Smith Stokes said...

Damn wow! Sad, some still do think like this. How very well done! This is stunning work. You've captured it.

Björn said...

Your sharp irony carves a deep hole in the fabric of nostalgia

Tammy said...

Bjorn said it for me. This is magnificent.

steph said...

I like your style. Well said.. sarcasm, irony, I like it all.

Outlawyer said...

You don't mince words. I am more and more struck that a lot of the resistance to Obama really is pretty "purely" racial. I'm not saying that he has done everything right! But there is a knee-jerk resistance to any attempt of his to do anything, and a blanket refusal to even hear anything he might say, which has been pretty awful and seems to motivated at a really base (in the sense of low) level.

Very well done, MZ. Agh. Something about the milkshake goes with this world (though I like milkshakes.) (This is Manicddaily). k.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Your edge has me grinning, MZ. Terrific write!

Suzy said...

Some things have changed for the better and some have not. Short sharp and to the point. Nice.