Why AWESOME, isn’t

Do you use the word “awesome” to describe a new cure for zits? A freshly-sharpened pencil? A second cup of coffee?

why awesome isn't awesome

Isn’t this signpost just awesome?

Then this little poem is for you: awesome

Awesome is another word
Whose current elevation
To mean “good” however it should
Is beyond all wild fixation.

Why the f*ck should a small truck
Powered by a battery
Be known as “awesome” just because
Its designer bought some flattery?

How can someone be “in awe”
Of someone’s mediocrity?
Saying “gosh you’re awesome” when in fact
They’re just another wannabee?

Can you see why such a word
Is trampled on, so nullified?
“Awesome” was once a good watchword
For brilliant stuff, all bona fide.

Don’t know about you, but I stay true
To words like “awesome’s” meaning
Yes, yes, don’t gloat: I’m being an old goat
But come on. This is demeaning!

“Awesome” is as awesome does
And I for one want fame for it
Let’s find another word for sh*t
That doesn’t deserve a bit of it.

Excerpted from
“Mischieverse: rude humour that sort-of rhymes”
by Suzan St Maur
to be published in 2017.

© Suzan St Maur 2016-2017