I think these two poems have about the same tone and attitude toward modern life.

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I Don’t Wanna Grow Up by Tom Waits

When I’m lyin’ in my bed at night
I don’t wanna grow up
Nothin’ ever seems to turn out right
I don’t wanna grow up

How do you move in a world of fog
That’s always changing things
Makes me wish that I could be a dog

When I see the price that you pay
I don’t wanna grow up
I don’t ever wanna be that way
I don’t wanna grow up

Seems like folks turn into things
That they’d never want
The only thing to live for
Is today

I’m gonna put a hole in my TV set
I don’t wanna grow up
Open up the medicine chest
And I don’t wanna grow up

I don’t wanna have to shout it out
I don’t want my hair to fall out
I don’t wanna be filled with doubt
I don’t wanna be a good boy scout
I don’t wanna have to learn to count
I don’t wanna have the biggest amount
I don’t wanna grow up

Well when I see my parents fight
I don’t wanna grow up
They all go out and drinking all night
And I don’t wanna grow up
I’d rather stay here in my room
Nothin’ out there but sad and gloom
I don’t wanna live in a big old Tomb
On Grand Street

When I see the 5 o’clock news
I don’t wanna grow up
Comb their hair and shine their shoes
I don’t wanna grow up

Stay around in my old hometown
I don’t wanna put no money down
I don’t wanna get me a big old loan
Work them fingers to the bone
I don’t wanna float a broom
Fall in love and get married then boom
How the hell did I get here so soon
I don’t wanna grow up

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Welcome to the Idiocene by John Clark

It’s the Obliviocene
It’s the Distractocene
It’s the DontWorryBeHappyocene
It’s the ADHDocene
It’s the SpacedOutocene
It’s the Narcissocene
It’s the WhichWayIsUpocene
It’s the Amneseocene
It’s the NoThereWhenYouGetThereocene
It’s the BlahBlahBlahocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the Comatosocene
It’s the DruggedOutocene
It’s the Wastedocene
It’s the FiddleWithYourIphoneWhileTheWorldBurnsocene
It’s the Shopoholocene
It’s the SoUpI’mDownocene
It’s the Dopocene
It’s the Undeadocene
It’s the Zonkedocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the Assbackwardocene
It’s the FoxToldMeIt’sNotTrueocene
It’s the OutToLunchocene
It’s the Nincompoopocene
It’s the Schlemielocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the EndOfTheLineocene
It’s the ChickensComeHomeToRoostocene
It’s the UpShitCreekoscene
It’s the OMGocene
It’s the Collapsocene
It’s the Hoistonourownpetardocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the HumptyDumptocene
It’s the Jonestownocene
It’s the WalkingOffACliffocene
It’s the SpringBreaksOverY’allocene
It’s the BuiltOnAnIndianBurialGroundocene
It’s the ThatsAllFolksocene
It’s the EndOfSmileyFaceocene
It’s the Extinctocene
It’s the ItStinksocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the KickTheBucketocene
It’s the Croakocene
It’s the SwanSongocene
It’s the LastGaspocene
It’s the GooseIsCookedocene
It’s the ZombiesInTheMallocene
It’s the OverTheCliffocene
It’s the EndOfTheRopeocene
It’s the BiteTheDustocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the NoExitocene
It’s the DeadEndocene
It’s the Wastelandocene
It’s the Screwedocene
It’s the FuckedUpocene
It’s the Trashedocene
It’s the ShotToHellocene
It’s the DeadDuckocene
It’s the Kaputocene
Welcome to the Idiocene.

It’s the CheckOutocene
It’s the Apocalyptocene
It’s the MadMaxocene
It’s the ShitHitsTheFanocene
It’s the MoneyTalksNatureWalksocene.
It’s the VeryBadSceneocene
Wecome to the Idiocene.

A co-editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a Green movement activist for almost thirty years.