My Precious Little Joke

July 16, 2011

Me: Do you think when Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity he thought to himself, “One day man will use this electricity for important things like watching video clips of cats attacking babies on YouTube.”

Audience: (dead silence)

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Hello my little Ben Franklin Joke.

I see you’re sound asleep,

Away from the sterile stares

Of audiences’ eyes.

Your birth, glorious and new,

Was the light of my life

If but only for a moment.

Damn them.  I’ve no choice now.

You see…no one laughs at you.

I savor your succinctness.

Your personality punctuates

The bite of my bit. A nascent nuance.

But these people can be so harsh.

You are too precious for this world.

Like a kitten on a stormy sea

Frothing with salt and spume.

You are too light and soft and new.

There’s an ink black line

Through my setlist now.

Your brothers and sisters wonder why

You were discarded.  Crossed out.

You see…no one laughs at you.

Hush now little Ben Franklin Joke.

Don’t struggle while I smother you.

You were too precious for this world.

Too Light.

Too Soft.

Too New.

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