the poem that spanked my backside and made me sit up by perry estelle

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THE POEM THAT SPANKED MY BACKSIDE AND MADE ME SIT UP!

“When trouble looms around you and danger

lies ahead;

then your faith is almost shattered, and

your hopes nearly dead,

there is always something left in you-and

its not of mere pretence,

view your difficulties-and use your

common sense.

When there’s talk of strife and danger

and rumours fill the air,

when the facts are so distorted, that your

views become, unfair,

when mere trifles get so magnified until

they seem immense,

just forget your religious* politics and use

your common sense,

though we’re given brains and judgement,

quite a few of us I guess,

let others do our thinking-and borrowed

views to impress,

many other thoughtless people-who as a

consequence,

believe the things they wouldn’t-if they

used their common sense,

now the clouds have departed-and there’s

brightness in the air,

and once again instead of strife-there’s

gladness everywhere,

now the gloom of yesterday has gone

the feeling of suspense,

its because when things looked hopeless

someone used their common sense.

*Original text reads “party” instead of religious.

“COMMON SENSE” By a. Hickman-smith

Nosmo King and Ernest Longstaff  (1938)

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