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Let's Face It: We Are Some Strange Species: Poetry From My 'Prose in Rhymes' Series

Updated on March 18, 2020
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Val enjoys writing poetry by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.

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Image by Sarah Richter from Pixabay

Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe. But moist of the people are too blind to watch and to listen.

-- Suzy Kassem

Surprising Roots of Our Noble Traits

We imagine our species as refined and great

so following may look downright insane

but almost every dignified human trait

stems from primitive part of brain.


Romantic love -- so beautiful and divine

has roots at our instinct for procreation

and a need for others normal and fine

nothing but herding evolved to nation.


Prosperity, or amassing the means of surviving

comes from crude fear they may go scarce

so all abundance on which we are thriving

is animal's greed a part of human farce.


Love for the humankind, altruistic as it looks

is herding phenomenon not specie-specific

not jewel of ethics from some holy books

or human monopoly to be called terrific.


No need for tracing back our need for wars

it is so typically inhuman, and bestial trait

the way we settle some primitive scores

may question our ultimate human fate.


And finally patriotism, with all including

upgraded animalistic territorial drive

to protect their habitat from intruding

one that keeps them safe and alive.


Greek philosopher Plato said long ago:

"Man is an animal endowed with mind"

thus, many of our cherished traits we know

are not really stemming from an advanced kind.


Intelligence is called an ability of problem solving

and we are the top shelf in scheme of creation

our complex stupidity took some evolving

and we truly deserve gods' admiration.

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Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

Nature is the mother and habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home.

-- John Dewey

We Are All Eskimos

In the vast land white and frozen

live Eskimo folks their simple lives

polar bear's habitat, also their chosen

where nothing blooms or even thrives.


They know about places of lush vegetation

with flowers and palm trees and short sleeves

but none of those attractions can break habituation

of some ingrained preferences and inherited beliefs.


Doesn't that remind of so many of us chronic losers

having heard of happiness, harmony and peace

but playing some stubborn and bad choosers

opting for a stuckness, as out of caprice.


Our habitatis glass and concrete desert

so we thrive in our own secluded void

with best hunting skills we can exert

enjoying it, but mostly annoyed.


So, we are like Eskimos just in our own way

one kind of desert not making other less lonely

and even when we migrate, then again we stay

soon degrading novelty into a habitat ours only.

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Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Perfectionist Monkey

Perfectionist monkey comes to monkey shrink

"Please, tell me, oh doctor, what should I do

something's wrong with how I feel and think

can you advise me or give me some clue.?"


The good shrink wise as monkeys can be

gives this opinion to his messed up client:

"Do more monkeying around on your tree

don't try to imitate people, be more defiant."


"Only people's minds are stuck at one place

so they can't jump from a branch to another

unlike us happy monkeys leaping with grace

they always invent something new to bother."


You've been looking at man as at some god

like wishing to possess his superior brain

but for a monkey this ambition is odd

it's bound to just drive you insane."


"Just be happy with your silly screeching

be who you are, merely a perfect monkey

and forget about all higher human teaching

you can't turn into man more than to a donkey."


Now, perfectionist monkey relieved and happy

made an acrobatic leap up the nearest tall tree

instantly forgetting emotions limiting and crappy

to continue his monkeying around cured and free.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Our Collective Quantum Screw-ups

On what is known as quantum layer

which is giving all material world its birth

our every single thought is like a prayer

affecting all of us and affecting the Earth.


Like magnet giving metal shavings a shape

so reality shapes with thoughts that persist

and that's a responsibility we can't escape

as we constantly affect the way we coexist.


All anger and hate breed more of the same

because we are always at reality's source

perpetuating grudges, intolerance, blame

we generate destructive quantum force.


Our bodies are just aspect of our mind

a bundle of energy vibrating as a matter

and the same is true about body of mankind

collective thinking making reality worse or better.


Focused on not-wanted while inspired by the news

we create in a vicious cycle what we don't want

so busy emanating massive emotional blues

we are paying for a same result up front.


So we can't activate genes of health

with all this negative mental addiction

focused on conflicts, greed and wealth

we'll always produce nothing but friction.

© 2020 Vladimir Karas

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Val, Manfred Mann and the Earth Band sang in the 70s and 80s. most famous for DooWaadiddydiddydumdiddydoo...and later Blinded By the Light ...genre I would say pop/rock maybe.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      John -- Yeah... that's something for me to "creatively kill the time with" -- you know, it's better to kill the time than let the time kill you.

      Coincidences happen, like the one you mentioned. So many times I am saying something to my wife, and the key word of my sentence comes from the TV.

      From which times and genre is the song that you mention? I remember only one singer by the last name Mann, but it probably isn't the one. "My" Mann sang back in 50's a rock version of the song "Mona Lisa", and I liked it just as I liked the romantic version with Nat King Cole. Boy, I was born in Jurassic Park, indeed!

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good lessons and much food for thought in this collection of poetry, Val. Nice to see you writing a series like this too with an underlying theme to each edition. Oh, quite a coincidence that while I was reading “We Are All Eskimos” that Manfred Mann’s song “The Mighty Quinn (or Quinn the Eskimo” started playing.

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