ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"The Carrot" by Eric Wayne Flynn

Updated on December 8, 2015

"The Carrot"

Dangling out in front of thee

The prize

Something to sink our teeth into

Nay, it sinks in and consumes you

The animal, the beast, the ignorant ape upon which they feast

And we bite blindly, into the wind

Empty and without, empty from within

So, we bite and bite, snapping our jaws

We know the process, we've seen it done before; spectators among the frenzied

And we clamp down

And we feed

And we fill ourselves, with nothing

For you see it's just air

Look at us biting, chomping and grinding away

For the carrot is a figment

Our imagination; contrived, the carrot was never there

These animals outside my window

Clopping along with this false sense of hunger

I see their ribs don't show

So no one is to know

And there is the catch, and they've got all of us

Clopping along

Well, most of us, for the carrot is given to a few

Just to cover up the illusion, devouring up all that we hold true

And there is the ultimate lie

Contrary sensations cast before our eyes

The colors

The bells

The whistles

The shiny things and the perceived necessity it is that they bring

The altered path, led astray

Clopping along

Chomping into the wind, filling up on air

Clopping along

Sinking and consuming this concept, this carrot that was never even there


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Vellur, the "carrot" is a tangible falseness (i.e. Celebrity, drugs, fast cars, sex) in which they anoint a chosen few to shower them with excesses and the masses see this and yearn to have said fame and excesses as their own; and they are told that yes you can obtain it and not only that you can obtain but that it is a just goal to strive for and it brings happiness. This then validates that the "carrot" does exist, but it is a contrivance and a manipulation and a lie so therefore an illusion, and so this mirage is something we continue to strive for, and of course we never reach the destination and we find ourselves wasting away in a desert of emptiness. Thanks for the visit, so there is a carrot and there is not a carrot and thus a paradox and I have heard it said that all paradox's are truths, and yes I agree we refuse to face reality, even as I write these words I can dream and conjure up false ideals, it is a daily practice for me to remind myself of this.


    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      An interesting write and deep thoughts. We know that there is no carrot but we refuse to face reality, I guess.

    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      I'm there Manatita... or on my way, but the average human on this planet is living in the five senses and unable to recognize spirit or soul; or indifferent to it, but you are right I do need peace; it is an ongoing process.


    • manatita44 profile image


      3 years ago from london

      Funny, Bro.

      You are not far off. This plant is man; this plant is God. See, I just switched them around. (chuckle)

      Seriously, I hear you. But you seem young and receptive. What else do you need? Peace.

    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks Dana, you're right, even if the illusion is achieved, and it has been achieved by many (just not relative to the masses of course), and yet they remain empty.


    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks Manatita, I can only hope and pray that I get to see the dawn of such a day.


    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you Jodah, not too many people are "awake" to what is truly occurring in the world today. It's always good to hear from a like mind.


    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Wow! absolutely, positively, amazing. This poem gets into the heart of what the world is built on, foolish dreams. From the time we are born, we become blind to all the glitter and gold. And, we chase and chase after the carrot and if we conquer it we wonder why we still fill empty.

    • manatita44 profile image


      3 years ago from london

      "And we bite blindly, into the wind

      Empty and without, empty from within." -Eric Flynn

      Awesome words. We will stop biting when we are full within, in a larger sense. Great poem!

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Our Government are always dangling carrots in front of us to entice us to do or agree to this or that. Our employers do the same, as does big business, Department Stores, Banks etc etc. Most of these carrots are just tokens or not real, disguises for something more sinister in the fine print we never read. Many of us take a bight and come up chomping air as you say. Great poem Eric.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)