Granola Sunset

eat and swallow what you’re given

don’t ask questions, don’t disagree

any move away from our agenda

will quickly earn you a label

that we can and will plaster there

prominently on your forehead

for all the world to see

go along with us on this

ride toward the granola sunset

you’ll love it there

it’s where only the simple can

ever be spoken but where

hard truths or questions are

quickly and publicly squashed

don’t worry

we’ll be glad to tell you what

to think


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on August 15, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Don’t go quietly into that sunset! Fight it. Ask the questions, wait… Right, the hard questions. I like how you encourage us to stop being “spoon-fed” our truths and contentment.

  2. Oh, I really like this one, John. We come so much closer to the heart of truth when doubts are raised, discussions arise, questions are entertained.

    • You’re so right, Susan. I’ve evolved in my political views over the years almost to the point that me from 20 years ago wouldn’t recognize me today but that probably comes from having learned to question everything. If facts aren’t available, then withhold comment and don’t form an opinion yet.

  3. I always tell my kids, “Question authority. Just not mine.” πŸ˜‰

  4. You really ‘hit the nail on the head’ here, as did your commentators. I sincerely doubt that our politics will ever be sane again. I realize that doubt is pessimistic, but at times it seems that’s all the expectancy that’s available to sane people.

  5. Just when I thought I was finally adjusting to my life as a myrmidon (def 2) my granola ran out!

    • LOL!! Ya’ know it’s always been strange to me but I’ve been invited to go hiking so many times I couldn’t count them. After the first couple of times and seeing that all the people I was hiking with would only carry granola and dried, organic trail mix, I quit going. lol I’m a hardcore carnivore and the jerky I would be carrying with me seemed to offend them. Never made sense.

      • Reminds me of the joke about why mountain climbers tie themselves together. To keep the smart ones from going home.. Jerky makes more sense to me too, tastes better and much more satisfying and if you accidentally drop it on the ground it is easy to clean off. Try that with trail mix!

        • That cracked me up! πŸ™‚ Jerky versus trail mix is a slam dunk win for jerky – not even close! I’ve known vegetarians and vegans who were very healthy and were pretty strict about what they ate but they didn’t push me to become one. If they become too preachy…well, let’s just say my southern meat and potatoes upbringing is a part of me and I have to tell them if seeing someone eat meat upsets you then you may want to leave soon. lol

          • I like my vegetables as well as the next person, but, being from the south I firmly believe beans are better cooked with a piece of MEAT, preferably, ham or salt pork. Then,too, meat and potatoes are what most of the farmers who grow all the vegetables eat with great regularity. Wonder if they ever thought about that?

            • You’re so right! Sure a lot of meat in the diet can be bad for us over the long haul but I’m not sure I can give it up. Breakfast? That means sausage or bacon. Lunch? If it’s a sandwich it’s gotta have at least some ham on it and certainly no a cucumber sandwich. Dinner? Let’s have pork chops or steak. It may just be a “southern thing” but many, many people I’ve known who lived by those same rules have reached far into their 80’s or 90’s. Knowing that…I’m going to have meat with my meal. lol

  6. Oh, this is apt – and depressing – at the same time.

  7. Enjoyed this one, John. And the new theme is refreshing πŸ™‚

  8. I love how you ended with… “don’t worry, we’ll be glad to tell you what to think”
    Such a kind gesture to relieve me/us of the need to think for ourselves! lol

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I was aiming at a particular political group (who shall remain nameless) who are eager to attack anyone who disagrees with them on anything. They don’t want to convince you they’re right. They want to vilify anyone who disagrees and ultimately tell them what to think. As I’ve said before, humans are funny people.

  9. Here I am, thinking I’ll be able to escape the everyday struggle between conformity and individuality this week. Then I read this. πŸ™‚

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