Limerick - The Man Who Needed No Prayer

Make no beans about it. Sunshine is serious stuff!

There once was a man of means

who could live on water and beans.

He needed "no prayer"

Yet his skin was so fair,

He died for his lack of sunscreens.

The sun is north of the equator.

We all serve as its spectator.

For your day in the sun,

is not meant for just fun.

The sun is a mean alligator.




Getting a few rays? Keep it a few, or use the sunscreen regularly.

Our exposure to the sun's rays is just like the frog that was swimming in the cooking pot on the stove.
Our exposure to the sun's rays is just like the frog that was swimming in the cooking pot on the stove. | Source

Food for thought....

I spent three hours yesterday with a friend who was having a cancerous tumor removed from the side of his nose, almost certainly related to sun exposure. The removal area was the diameter of a tennis ball. After a small skin graft and 13+ stitches to pull other facial tissue over to close the area, that area is apparently cancer free, but the question of "what next?" still remains.

In the relatively brief time we were at that surgeon's office, some seven or eight other patients were in to have skin cancer surgeries. We are at altitude here in the Rockies, where the atmosphere is thinner and the sun's rays more intense, so that the same regular checkups and use of sunscreen are even more essential to cancer prevention.

Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor, check for a clinic or hospital near you for free cancer screenings, and adopt the attitude that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Now you've got it! These are fun and well written, plus they contain some good advice.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I like these, especially the one with beans! It's neat that your poems go together with the same theme. Nicely done!


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great reminder, so well expressed, for those in the northern hemisphere at this time of the year.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Your message came in loud and clear. I have long since found that I need to wear a cap or wide brim hat under the summer sun and I don't sunbathe any longer but sit in partial shade to enjoy the summer days.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Take a tip from a former lifeguard: keep applying the sunscreen, if you are staying outside this spring and summer. It wears off (wears out) after time and needs replenishing to remain effective.

Thanks for the comments and the support of enjoying nature as safely as possible.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

My husband had mohs surgery last year. Skin cancer is no laughing matter.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

You are sure right about the sun. It has its hazards.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - And the sunshine is hazardous to human health even more so at altitude and at the seashore or on the water anywhere due to reflected sunlight (snow, sand, and surface.)


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

The limericks were funny but the rest was true and interesting. The sun is a powerful force that a lot of people do not take in a serious way and for that they end up in the hospital. This was very good.

Kevin


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Education = Entertainment with a Message.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The Examiner-1 - All that energy that comes from solar panels, is like the filaments in your toaster, only turning your skin brown.

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    Demas finds limericks a challenge and has crafted a few that even have chuckles. Of the bunch you can choose from he offers these:



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