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The Turnip and the Cabbage

A Turnip and a Cabbage are walking down the street. This may seem a might peculiar as they hadn't any feet. Before you judge and criticize, I beg your minds to wander. To take a moment just to see on what the herbage ponders. The Cabbage says, 'The sun is out, it makes a lovely day. It is nice to see the other Plants we meet along the way.' The Turnip nods approvingly, the Cabbage is his chum. For every day they walk this way as they both begin to hum. There are no words, no songs they know, they no not how to sing. But they cannot miss what they do not know so no sadness does it bring. They leave the street and find a trail leading to a brook. Where they find a tree, a friend of theirs looking at a book. 'What do you have?' The Turnip says with interest in his voice. 'Something bad, you should not see but I leave it to your choice.' He hands the book, which Turnip takes while Cabbage jumps to see. They flip the pages, both in awe, they gasp and ask the tree. 'Where did you get this?' Such a story, we do not believe our eyes. What Plant would write of such a state? It surely must be lies.' The tree responds, 'These sad affairs happened long ago. By a species less developed with little wisdom to bestow. They were unkind... some cruel and dark, always out for more. They hated each other and were prone to cheat, they invented a thing called War. They fought tooth and nail for shiny objects, over which they fussed. Destroyed themselves... their culture gone, a victim to their lust.' The Cabbage and the Turnip let out a cushioned sigh. But Turnip strains, 'I am still confused. What does the book imply?' Tree thinks a bit, 'It was Nature's way to cleanse our treasured Earth. To fight disease and cure infection... saving only things of worth.' So to those of you who doubt this tale, forgive my little rant. But take from this most people lack... the brains God gave a Plant. The End *For those who are interested. I will be posting my cartoon 'Bob's your Uncle' on my homepage. A new one will appear every second day.

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Date: 6/1/2020 7:56:00 AM
Amen to that! Hilarious and wise. Thank you David! xomo
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Date: 8/29/2019 5:29:00 PM
David, I so enjoyed this humorous yet meaningful poem with its serious message. You are a wonderful Welcome addition to our Poetry Soup family. A warm welcome to you! I look forward to reading more. Aloha, Connie : )
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Date: 8/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
David, I am not a vegetarian. But I enjoyed the message from your tree and crucifers. Nature's cleansers are a force to be reckoned. -Richard
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David McHattie
Date: 8/4/2019 5:50:00 PM
Mother Nature is a beast. It is best to respect her. Have a great day.
Date: 7/19/2019 12:27:00 PM
I had to read this one again. A very impressive first offering to the soup,
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Date: 5/20/2019 3:06:00 PM
wow, PERFECT final line!! Such an interesting work this is! I only disagree when you say humans hated color!
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Date: 4/30/2019 9:34:00 AM
An amazing story about the turnip and the cabbage. Unfortunately, I rarely have time to read many of the poems that are posted with poetry soup, but this poem just grabbed my attention. I managed to browse through some of your other poems, and I think that you are a brilliant writer. Your writing reminds me of Zora Neale Hurston. If you wrote a book of poems I would buy it. God bless you.
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David McHattie
Date: 4/30/2019 6:04:00 PM
Mary. You are way too kind. Have a great day.
Date: 4/29/2019 7:15:00 PM
David: Well done. I loved it. Right down my alley. Keep them coming. And thanks for sharing with all of us on the soup. oldbuck
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David McHattie
Date: 4/30/2019 6:04:00 PM
Are you really leaving Buck? Say it ain't so.
Date: 4/29/2019 4:58:00 PM
A very unique poem that shows no prejudice between a turnip and cabbage. who see Nature as their God-send and not human made war. My compliments and keep writing ; the more unique, the better!
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Date: 4/29/2019 4:12:00 PM
Cute one. It has a good topic and some good rhyme. I enjoyed reading ..Sara
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Date: 4/15/2019 5:23:00 PM
I love your line, "with little wisdom to bestow"...excellent choice of words within a fun and entertaining poem.
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David McHattie
Date: 4/15/2019 5:26:00 PM
Thanks Kristie. Hope you enjoyed it.
Date: 4/14/2019 8:30:00 PM
Really enjoyed this David. Vickie
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David McHattie
Date: 4/14/2019 9:40:00 PM
Thanks Vickie. Have a great day.
Date: 4/12/2019 3:05:00 PM
Congrats on being in the top 100 new poems!
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David McHattie
Date: 4/12/2019 8:22:00 PM
Thanks Richard. I didn't know that was a thing. Have a great day.
Date: 4/10/2019 2:00:00 AM
WOW an amazing read David. Such tales of the walrus and the carpenter and of the like. I love.
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David McHattie
Date: 4/10/2019 11:02:00 AM
Lewis Carroll is one of my favorite poets along with Robert Service.(Cremation of Sam McGee).
Date: 4/9/2019 5:21:00 PM
oh for what nature has to offer! wonderful stories my friend. certainly you have a note book for future write?
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David McHattie
Date: 4/14/2019 9:41:00 PM
I learned that from a movie called, 'Finding Neverland.' Have a great day.
Date: 4/4/2019 6:55:00 PM
A great story, so well crafted. I love it! A FAVE for me!!! Sad but true, we are a mess.
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David McHattie
Date: 4/4/2019 10:18:00 PM
I don't think things are as bad as I sometimes make them out to be, but we can always be better.
Date: 4/2/2019 5:39:00 AM
This is darling! Makes oodles of sense. On my FAV list now. Wow!
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David McHattie
Date: 4/2/2019 10:29:00 AM
Thanks Caren. Love your poetry.
Date: 3/29/2019 11:31:00 AM
Great write David, full of fun but with serious thoughts for us all to heed.
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David McHattie
Date: 3/29/2019 9:50:00 PM
Thank you for the kind words. It means a lot.
Date: 3/25/2019 10:34:00 PM
Hi David! I just dropped by to say how much I enjoyed this poem. It's humorous and yet has serious implications...especially in light of today's world. Just love it...FAVED.
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David McHattie
Date: 3/29/2019 9:51:00 PM
There is a lot of sad poetry out there. Just trying to lighten things up.
Date: 3/25/2019 10:11:00 PM
G'day David … a great story with a moral that can't be doubted. Eventually humans will outsmart themselves - thank you David - Lindsay
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David McHattie
Date: 3/29/2019 9:46:00 PM
As long as the Plants hang around, I think we're okay.
Date: 3/25/2019 6:16:00 PM
Hello David McHattie, so nice to meet you. A great poem, you have a good imagination, to create this type of poetry. Have a nice day my friend.
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David McHattie
Date: 3/29/2019 9:46:00 PM
Thank you for the kind words, I was channeling my inner Lewis Carroll.