Day Six – Posted on Day Seven (but just barely!) A Poem that looks at the same thing from Various Points of View

Functional Fanciful Feathered Friend Feeder
(a grammar lesson gone wrong)

OBJECT: The entity that is acted upon by the SUBJECT.

SUBEJCT: Usually precedes the VERB in the sentence, but not always.

VERB: What the SUBJECT does to the OBJECT.

RULE: All verbs have a SUBJECT.

 

Kalen           fills          the feeder.
(Subject)     (verb)      (object)

Birds            flock to      the feeder.
(Subject)      (verb)          (object)

The hawk     stalks        the feeder.
(Subject)        (verb)        (object)

Kalen              objects             to the stalking hawk.
(Subject)         (verb)                (adjective) (object)

Wait a minute – the “object” became a verb.
Let’s start over.

Kalen           puts           seed in the feeder.
(Subject)      (verb)         (oh dear – is that two objects? Seed and feed?
(Where is grammar girl when I need her?)

The hawk        stalks     the feeder.
(Subject)          (verb)      (object)

The hawk         is             the feeder.
(Subject)          (verb)       (object)

The birds        leave      the feeder.
(Subject)          (verb)     (object)

Wait a minute – if the hawk is the feeder – is the hawk now the subject and the object?Let’s start over.

Kalen               ignores            the feeder.
(Subject)          (verb)               (object)

The birds         ignore              the feeder.
(Subject)           (verb)                (object)

The hawk        ignores            the feeder.
(Subject)           (verb)               (object)

No birds    die.
(Subject)   (verb)

Moral of the story – sometimes it’s good for a sentence not to have an object.

CONCLUSION:

  1. Things – be they objects, subjects, people, birds or even hawks – don’t like to be acted upon.
  2. It’s good to be objective but nobody likes to be objectified (degraded to the status of a mere object.)
  3. I give myself permission to write bad poetry and enjoy the creative process.

 

 

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