No Kid—No Kidding
No kid—no kidding—comes in here to eat
Or drink: this restaurant’s a kid-free zone.
Korean grown-ups like a safe retreat
In which a scroll through menus on a phone
Does not mean it or they or someone’s kid
Needs tech support or medics’ expertise
On being scalded by hot broth amid
Kids on the loose and doing as they please …
If you’re the parent, do your duty, heed
Demographers—Korea’s rate of birth
Dropped far too low. Go home again and breed!
If you’re the kid, work hard for all you’re worth—
No shirking duty dining out, or old
Gray diners’ pension funds will fail to hold!
Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Florida State University who has returned to live in his native England. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Better Than Starbucks, The Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, MONO., the New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, the Satirist, the Washington Post and WestWard Quarterly.