Thursday, August 13, 2015

Game of Death -- Thursday Toad Challenge

Game of Death

Three girls in the room of one, intently
gazzing at the screen, pondering one man
Cared less about his physique. Just his head.
Head he had, but with no face. Make him smile.

How could he smile?  They'd done it once, for them
Did a silly routine, playing his game
The three of them made him smile, face revealed
Game of Death, had to stab just sixteen times

Today they'd make him smile again, this face-
less man.  How to do it, we'll play his game
Bring him up, get his game on the iPad
Here he comes now, I swear I saw him sneer

Bring three butcher knives and three red blindfolds
Rember our computer Game of Death
It works like that, one must die then I'll smile
I'll meet you after, now go to the woods

The girls remembered a lesson in school
A fun lesson about superstition
B.F. Skinner's "Pigeon Superstition"
One success, birds followed like religion

No matter, it worked on their monitor
Why not now with iPad out in the woods?
Blindfolded now, all with knives.  Spin the wheel
"Iva's out!" cried other two, "drop your knife."

Blindfolds off, sixteen stabs next.  Iva fell
Thin Man with no face, surely now he smiles
Superstition or no, we pleased our man
Poor Iva, she'll smile too, Heaven today
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Poem and Photo Copyright © 2015 and 2011, Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

Today I am linked with

1.  Iva (not her real name) did not die, she lived through the ordeal  The other two girls, age 12 at the time are now 13 being tried as adults.  This actually happened although not exactly as I have portrayed.
2.  See Izzie's post at Pigeon Superstition to read about B.F. Skinners theory of superstition.  He also thought that pigeons, smarter than the those of the first experiment, could guide a WWII missile to its target.  Woe to us if they erred.

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At Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:52:00 PM, Blogger Gail said...

Extremely interesting and fun...maybe...but very good.

At Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:13:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is scary, Jim, the more so because kids watch this stuff and think it is a movie when they try it themselves - but people are injured or die......there is a huge disconnect, it seems, in our plugged-in society, some fogging of the line between virtual and real..

At Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:41:00 PM, Blogger Isadora Gruye said...

Love your topic of choice, so relevant. We hear stories here of more slender man slayings and you captured the hysteria with a measured tone and watchful cynicism. Thanks for posting and viva la

At Friday, August 14, 2015 12:32:00 AM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Such a dark tale made even darker with the hints of truth. Great Gothic piece.

At Friday, August 14, 2015 4:38:00 AM, Blogger brudberg said...

So scary... I had no idea it actually had happened.. reality and games are coming too close..

At Friday, August 14, 2015 9:36:00 PM, Blogger Outlawyer said...

Yikes--really scary poem and effective--people are so thoughtless at times--you really caught that. k.

At Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:12:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

A chilling tale - all too common nowadays.


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