PBS Poetry or Why I Keep It Positive in Comments!

A bit over a month ago I saw a post from the great television network PBS (I have had nothing but love and respect for them ever since I was a child and admired Alex Keaton’s father on Family Ties) on the subject of children’s sports and why (in the opinion of the writer) it was important not to attend your kids’ games. I raised an eyebrow and wondered what people could possibly say about that and just imagined a torrent of negativity — and I was right. People were outright rude to the author of the article.

I remembered one of my favorite films as a child was Hook. I thought about how one of the driving elements to the film was the fact that Robin Williams’ character (Peter) did not attend his son’s baseball games and his children were subsequently kidnapped. I left a comment that more or less implied that not attending baseball games would lead to your children getting kidnapped by pirates, and that this was confirmed by the existence of the film Hook.

Other people thought it was a hoot. I kept getting pinged on my phone that I had a new like on my comment. I thought it was pretty funny considering I wrote it on my way to the train after work. A couple of weeks later I saw something even more absurd — an article about how certain parents do NOT like Doctor Seuss because he sometimes will use invented words for rhyme and rhythm purposes. Again while walking to the train, I wrote a response — but this time in the form of a Seussian poem. This time the response was nearly overwhelming. For over twenty-four hours I was getting likes — totaling over a thousand by the end.

I was hooked — pun not intended. Whenever I now see a PBS article, my first inclination is to write a poem as a response. I have noticed that sometimes I get likes and other times I do not. I seem to get the best response if I write my comments in the early evening, as evidenced by the fact that I am still getting pinged for a poem I wrote yesterday evening but a few poems I wrote today (starting in the morning) have gotten nearly no response whatsoever.

Whether they get likes or not, I am pushing forward in writing poetic comments to PBS articles — maybe I will branch out and leave comments elsewhere. After all, a person leaving the very same recipe as a comment hundreds of places gets thousands of likes — so why not stay positive with poetry all over the comment section?


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