Baby Vegetables And Puppy Dogs

The Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018 — Exercise 25


Do you see something of yourself in this little child? 
If so, what?

Baby Vegetables And Puppy Dogs


We can climb the tallest peaks

Where there’s the purest thin air to breathe

Yet we still dispossess children of their rightful freedom

Bagging them in plastic like vegetables in a fridge


We can dive into the oceans deepest chasms

Where without artificial lights it’s too dark to see

Yet we still blindfold children from the solar daylight

Abandoning them at night like forgotten homeless dogs


We can fly to the furthermost planets

Where there’s a willingness to meet the unknown

Yet we still treat frightened children like Saturn’s aliens

Caging them like feral animals in a desert zoo



Featured Dog Pictures:  Bing,


Ivor Steven (c)  2018

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

30 thoughts on “Baby Vegetables And Puppy Dogs”

  1. Amazing and powerful poem, photos, and song combo, Ivor!
    I am sitting crying.

    I think all adults should be able to relate to children since we started out life as children. We have childhood memories of our childhood experiences (good, bad and ugly experiences). And most of us still feel like a child inside pretty often.

    So, then why do some adults treat children so badly. 😦

    I often look at my little dog, Coop, and think that I treat him better (with food, safety, love, a home, medical care, water, kisses, pats, etc) than many children in the world are being treated. That makes me cry.

    When I look at that little girl working so hard, I imagine she is daydreaming about just being safe, warm, fed, cared for, loved, etc…just the basics all children deserve and should be able to expect.

    As a teacher, mom, and grandma I have so much more to say on this subject.

    But, I’ll just end by saying Thank you, Ivor!

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    1. Oh thank you my dear for such a lovely response, and your heartfelt words have me crying too. Although I cry at the drop of a hate these days, my bruised heart gets overwhelmed by these inhumane happenings. Thank You xx Hugs …

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  2. So many children forced into work foraging for goodness knows what! A childhood lost. Then we have those other children in th US, snatched, stolen and punished! Shameful. Thank you Ivor

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  3. Very heart-wrenching and heartfelt Ivor. Very true, too. Just came across this quote that speaks to this so well: “The cause of all our personal problems and nearly all the problems of the world can be summed up in a single sentence: Human life is very deep, and our modern dominant lifestyle is not.” – Bo Lozoff Thank you for sharing your heart. ♥.

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      1. Thanks Niki, I feel your goodness. Ivor the plumber is home from work, my toes are still cold, a chilled wind’s blowing today, now my weekend is coming, and Ivor the poet is back on my key-board, and I’ll be writing in my notebook, … always nice to hear from you xx

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  4. Yes, we do that. From the time they’re old enough to understand we start curtailing their innocent and healthy inclinations… Then we wonder why we get all screwed up as adults…
    Great poem, Ivor. Strong!

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    1. Thank you ❤️ Calen, as you know I’ve been on this theme for a month now. I’m pleased how this prompt poem turned out, and yes I wanted to make a strong statement, and still try to help the children in some small way 💛😊

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  5. You’ve captured the heartlessness of our mad race perfectly. It makes me angry to think about the countless billions spent on the moon project, while countless millions were – and still are – starving and dying of poverty-related diseases.

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    1. Thank you , I so appreciate you dropping by and I love your comments. Oh, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are a great Aussie group, and Nick is one of my fav’ singer/songwriters, I love this one

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      1. OMGosh, Ivor! You couldn’t possibly have known how much I love Geese, so this was a great treasure for me, and I loved the song; how touching it is. Thank you for sharing it. I’ll definitely be checking out more of their music!

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