Friday, August 14, 2009



I'm fascinated by applause.
I imagine that's because
I'm an amateur researcher
Of Nature when compared with Nurture.
When did humans start to clap?
Did it start out as a slap?
Did caveman Dad smack his little boys
And find he rather liked the noise?
Or did he chance on a friendly seal,
And find that claps had some appeal?
Seals and sea-lions clap their fins;
So is that where applause begins?
Or maybe Dad would be out hunting,
Facing a mammoth! (Quite confronting!)
And did he clap to scare the beast,
Not wanting to be a mammoth's feast?
Or was it Mother, with her baby,
Wanting to pacify him, maybe,
Who clapped his fat hands, one on one,
Turning it into a bit of fun?
The strange and curious world of memes
Has much to answer for, it seems.
For certainly clapping became the rage,
Used down the ages at each stage.
But when did it become applause,
With appreciation as the cause?
I'd love to find out, if I could,
When first it came to mean 'That's good!'
Was it spontaneous I wonder,
Growing into a claps like thunder?
It's almost part of our natures now;
To clap when an artiste takes a bow.
And I admit, to the performer,
No sound's pleasanter or warmer.
But my illustration lacks some gaiety;
Not a lot of spontaneity!
Yes, at times we find some flaws
When we're considering applause.

Memes to the fore here:


Sunny said...

From reading posts
I take a pause
And to you I send applause
I love your wit
I love your style
You never fail to make me smile

I always look forward to your creations!
Sunny :)

Darlene said...

You are truly amazing in the way you can take a simple subject and turn it into an enjoyable poem. Today's poem whets my curiosity and the desire to delve further into the subject of applause.

Kat said...

heh heh your research subjects can really make one scratch their head in wonder..!!!

clap.. clap... clap....!!! :)))