Monday, March 12, 2012

In the pokey

“How could you poke with any expectation that I won’t stir?”

“But, I can’t help it.  It’s purely impulse”

“Oh I get that.  You have to poke and I have no desire to break that habit.  It’s the begging for mercy after poking that is in question.”

“how so?”

“It’s counter-intuitive.  You poke me in order TO make me stir and yet, you don’t really want me to stir… so then why poke me in the first place?”

You pause for a moment, trying to calculate your way out of it.  Yet all you managed was a sheepish “because I need to?!”

I laugh rather loudly.  “I wonder if those impulses could be better controlled if you had to pay the price more often.”

With eyes wide in shock, you whine “But I’ve been a good boy, haven’t I?”

“Yes, yes” I say reassuringly.  “Yes, you’ve been a very good boy.  I’ve been very happy with you these past few weeks…

but it would be a very fun experiment!”

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