Monday, February 1, 2010

Olympics for poets?

The Olympics are coming, and all the expense and effort that goes into it made me wonder why we privilege sports over everything else (including education funding, it seems! Aarghh, I'd better not get started.)

Still though, when was the last time that sort of effort was made to show off our nation's poets?
Our top surgeons?
Our greatest Kindergarten teachers?
Our Scrabble champions?

Is there much of a difference between Scrabble and Bob Sledding?  Do they not both require specialized skills?  (please note, this is meant to be a ligth-heart questioning, nothing more.)

A while ago I saw a battered truck in the library parking lot with a sign on it that read:  "2010 Olympics, a disgraceful waste of your tax dollars."  Someone I know and respect very well said that people like that would complain about anything.  She also remarked that the money that is spent on the Olympics would not be used for other causes anyway.  But, I'm not so sure.  I don't know how these things work, and life is too busy to go there right now anyway. 

So, the Olympics are coming.  I think I'll go write a poem about it.   :o)

1 comment:

Becca said...

Oh, wow, are tax dollars really used to fund the Olympics? Sheesh, I guess they are since it's governments that vie for the country in which it will be held. Hmmm...that's interesting, and I'd never really thought about it.
How'd your poem turn out?