Issue 258 — The Paregien Journal — July 5, 2012
Five Fresly Minted Poems
by Stan Paregien Sr.
I recently wrote five poems which I have posted below. “A Lawyer’s Logic” is about the quest for romance. “A Slight Communication Problem” is about two elderly men who have trouble understanding each other (obviously, a work of fiction). “The Law and the Little Lady” is a funny/serious look at the modern society as we come to grips with our frightening crime rate and our 2nd admendment right to bear arms. You’ll want to pass that one, in particular, along to folks you know who are concerned about maintaining that 2nd amendment right. And the final one, “It Seemed Like a Good Idea (At the Time),” deals with the problem of rash (or irrational) behavior.
I actually wrote those last three as songs, with the guitar chords. So if you would like that version, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But we start off with two cartoons. The first one shows a guy who explains to his doctor that he seems to have a ringing in his ears. I got quite a kick out of that one, mainly because I have suffered from tinnitus or Meniere’s Disease since the 1970s. If ol’ Mr. Meniere’s wants his disease back, I’d send it Federal Express. I am guessing that my problems may have originated when, out on the “farm” at Stroud, Ok., we had a varmit get into our small tin chicken house (maybe 8 X 10 with a very low ceiling. I took my .22 revolver out there to kill that sucker and maybe I did–I don’t remember that–but I do remember my ears constantly ringing like a chime for two or three days. Now I always have a bothersome ringing in my ears, some times worse than others, but always distracting. And sometimes I also get vertigo (extreme dizziness) which usually last for two to three days no more what I take or do. So I just try to keep fairly still and in low light until it passes. Anyway, I got quite a kick out of it.
The other cartoon shows the reaction of an older couple to the “rock ‘n roll” atmosphere of a “contemporary worship.” Now, make no mistake: 40 years ago I abandoned the old arguments in the Church of Christ and a few other groups against the use of instrumental music in worship. So that is not the issue with me. Even when I was preaching for independent Christian Churches, where they used instruments, I preached and taught that the words of the songs took precedent over the music.
One time I was a member of a congregation that introduced instrumental music into one service and kept the early worship hour free of instrumental music. There were lots of discussions preceeding that change when possible opponents of it were assured that the words would always remain the paramount thing. But from day one, the music was so loud it would vibrate your teeth when you entered the lobby. Some, like me, felt very frustrated because I really couldn’t even hear myself singing much less the other worshippers.
So, while I still find humor in the cartoon below, it comes with the knowledge that it is the natural desire of musicians to make their music louder and louder until it is the paramount thing. And I object to that practice and philosophy.
Okay, I’m through preaching now.
Please enjoy the cartoons and my poems; just “click” on each graphic to enlarge it.