“TV VIEWING IN THE STYLE OF SAM.” a poem from the series: “Uncle Sam, Good Sam & Sam I Am.” Wednesday, November 27, 2019
With all this talking about TV ADDICTION, I sat one day, watching Sam,
And I asked: “What are YOUR VIEWS on television viewing?” He said: “Well, you know, I am, A HAPPY VIEWER, ’cause The Lord has oft’ told me:
‘Watch what you choose, but HOLD ON LOOSE LY. ‘ “
“What do you think that means?” I glibly inquired;
“Well,” Sam said: “I think it means I have ‘HIRED,
THE TV SET’ to work for ME,
Not the other way around.” “Oh,” I said; “I think I see:
SO, YOU MEAN YOU WATCH, BUT YOU’RE NOT ‘TAKEN IN,’
TO THE SET AND BEYOND? ” “Yes,” Sam said; “that would be sin,
To consider TV viewing as a truly important objective.
It is ONLY patently for a bit of entertain, simply ‘an elective,’
OR something you should be able to TAKE OR LEAVE.”
For, with TV viewing, it is tempting to believe,
That it is more important than other things you might do.
“That’s why,” said Sam; “I can QUICKLY LEAVE IT and go help you,
Or go to the store, without concern about returning to watch,
AND I do not tape or spend lots of time with TV; it is ONLY a notch,
In my ‘gun of life,’ like: crossword puzzles, a good book or an Internet cruise;
SUCH THINGS ARE NOT SO IMPORTANT that I shall ever lose,
My perspective in life that TAKING CARE OF MY NEEDS and OTHERS,
Is paramount. Now, of course, I have my ‘druthers,’
About what I will and will not view.
But, obviously, MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE TV is YOU,
And your mom and Steve and Alicia in Dallas;
You know, where they live in ‘THEIR WHITE ROCK LAKE PALACE.’ “
Moral: Many there are who watch TV and say:
“I can take it or leave it,” but “the proof’s in the pudding,” hey?
IF you REALLY are loosely attached to it, you can leave on a whim,
To go fix a nice dinner, help a friend with a flat or talk with your broker Tim.