Born Suckers---Dying as Suckers: A Satirical Poem

Updated on June 2, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Every mammal's baby including our own

needs their mother's milk as their first food

but some long time before they are fully grown

they all stop that sucking routine once and for good.

A stupid monkey doesn't need to be told

that his grown out teeth are not for sucking

so he leaves his mom alone, for sucking too old

bananas being good enough for jumping and yapping.

And so does gentle calf detached from her mommy

soon after grass aroma becomes so appealing

giving strength, and also good for her tummy

having lost that infantile sucker's feeling.

But hey, look who comes along to take over

now stealing that milk from the poor tired cow

not a four-legged critter grazing grass and clover

but the smartest of species, also all grown up now.

I don't really want your brow to pucker

by telling you this really shaming news

but it takes someone like human sucker

to drink milk for life with no real excuse.

For, with all other foods meant for man

how did we fall into that commercial trap

other species' milk was not in humans' plan

but then again, we're suckers believing any crap.


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      2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You know what, Val? YOU are absolutely correct! Thanks for your very mindful advice and comments. Hugs, Paula

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Paula---I understand your concern. Our problem of observers is that we get "served" only a partial story about the status quo, and that one is based on negativities, simply because that's where the money is, right?

      What we don't see is an enormous amount of positive, constructive, highly promising going on, shunned by reporters' cameras. There is a lots of love in this world, our planet is self-maintaining and we are naïve thinking that we can hurt it. If we could, it would have hurt us back to our extinction by now. Sometimes I see this little lion cub playfully bite on his mother's tail or ear---that's what we are doing to our earth.

      We don't know how powerful the whole natural arrangement is on an invisible realm, so we only judge by some superficial parameters of what appears real in our world.

      In my view, we are being allowed to grow up, to evolve, and just like you don't give a deadline to your kid when he should start talking, our growing pains are teaching us slowly---and a hard way.

      Thank you for your thoughts, my friend, it's always great hearing from you.

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      2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val, my friend, I happen to be quite the constant "observer" myself. I must confess though. What I SEE lately is beginning to concern me. I shudder for the future of human beings and real, authentic human interactions of any positive nature!! We happy individuals appear to have our work cut out for us!!! Have a great day, Val.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Paula---In absence of any crazy ambition to try to make a difference in this world, I settled for the fun of observing, and people have always provided a good material for a good-natured laugh. And like I said in response to John below, practice with a mirror makes the fun perfect.

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      2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val....Very creative poem to teach a good lesson. Yes, we're suckers, that's for sure. Otherwise, how could we be fooled and deceived so easily?? Have a good Sunday! Peace, Paula

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      John---Like an abstract artist exaggerating here and there with colors and shapes---so do I with my satirizing people's flaws and stupidity.

      But hell, it's a fun, besides I am one, and I learned long time ago not to take myself too seriously.

      Thank you for the praise, my friend, I am glad you liked it.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      They say "a sucker is born every minute." That is so true and this great poem really emphasises how intelligent we humans are. Good work, Val. Love it.


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