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Food Chain
by Leland Waldrip
Monday, September 14, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The food chain operates from A at the top to Z at the bottom, with individuals of each class eating some individuals of those classes below. I’m calling this system an existential bane, though I have to admit that it is truly “the facts of life”.

The food chain, as managed by man,
Has been ordered, and limited a bit.
He resides at the top, as he can,
By dent of ancestors’ evolved wit.

Man has taken the chain further.
Even among his own kind —
Enslaved both beast and brother
To feed on their labors and mind.

On the chain “A” to “Z” in life’s dance,
“B”s can rise to “A”s and “A”’s can fall,
Due to unforseen circumstance —
Say — a caged tiger loosed in a mall.

Or tiny organisms human cells invade
Attacking good tissue out of sight.
What’s our position now, new-made?
It’s no longer at the “A” position, right?

Luxuriating from “A” on food chain,
A loving, personal god some see,
But, how, in existential bane,
Can that claim come from “B” thru ”Z”?

© 2009 R. Leland Waldrip
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Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 11/27/2010
I wish I understood this poem.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 5/24/2010
Very well written, Leland
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/7/2009
Once again you provide substance for reflection, Leland. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 9/16/2009
Oh, dear Leland! You are surely testing our gray-matter with this deep-thinking poetic "chain". Could it be we are fooling ourselves into believing we ARE "A"? We are what we eat, and that could reduce us to the bottom rung, could it not? Scientists would genetically reduce us quicker than we think...but I'll not think about that just now :o)
Quite original and provoking, you are, friend!!
Blessings and Love - Micke
(who may become a vegetarian...who grows her own vegetables...and saves the pure seeds! LOL)
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 9/16/2009
Highly original and deeply true. You make poetry with your philosophy and vice versa. CJ
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 9/16/2009


Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 9/15/2009
As a self-professed "nature girl", I enjoyed this poem and the unique perspective from which you wrote it. I particularly like the wit gleaming from your last stanza.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/14/2009
Interesting observation and concept and yes things are always subject to change...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/14/2009
That covers it... with great wit for a very troubling conclusion.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/14/2009
Ah, you have completely befuddled me, my friend, and all I can say is I want my steak medium rare, my pork chop crispy, and my oysters raw, see, I am versatile . . .

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