Thursday, December 15, 2011

55 - Unexplainable questions


why men have nipples
     is one of those things
i can't explain

like why we don't believe in global warming
     when it's 76 degrees
                      on December 15

or that we only     pierce the night
     with light, one season yearly

all i know is,
     Santa should not walk the streets
                        shirtless,

nor his children go hungry.



Over at dVerse today, Gay is leading everyone in Caroling and Lullabies if you are looking for some poetic fun. I still may write one yet.

101 comments:

Victoria said...

This is too cool. Did you see the stuff about the nude Santa's in San Francisco? It was 11 here yesterday morning so I'm having my doubts about global warming. It's been in the low teens for a couple of weeks early morning but no snow. :0( Fun post, Brian. Thanks for linking it.

happygirl said...

I wish every day was like today. But I still don't believe in global warming. :) Yeah, why do men have nipples?

Beth said...

I don't want to see santa without a shirt. I don't want to imagine santa shirtless. I don't want to picture his nipples in my mind. Nooo... I just had a mental image of piercings!

Who could deny global warming when December 15 is like a spring day? Only those who can't see past themselves. Well done.

Lolamouse said...

Global warming is a punishment sent by God because of the proliferation of homosexuality! (tongue planted firmly in cheek)

Daniel said...

Right on man, right on!

Leovi said...

Really great dilemma of the nipples in man.

Rebecca S. said...

Why do men have nipples? Because they would look weird without them. Teehee.
I am just swamped with seasonal stuff right now - concerts and general craziness, but I too, wonder why we only pierce the dark with light once a year...

Eva Gallant said...

It's 45 here in Maine in the middle of December. Unbelievable!

hedgewitch said...

You never know--women might die off--then you'd need nipples....and a few other things. ;_) Great 55, bri--no one, santa or otherwise, should have to walk the streets hungry and homeless.

Sue said...

It's freezing here in the Bay area, but I agree with your conclusions about hungry children and shirtless Santas.

=)

Rachel Hoyt said...

Great 55! I don't know why we can't believe what we can see with our own eyes either, but we all do it sometimes. :)

Rachel Hoyt said...

P.S. It's only 60 here in southern CA today. Not overly warm for us this time of year. :)

Tabor said...

I do know the answer to the nipple question. We are mirrors of each other. The female anatomy is very similar to the male only smaller in parts and larger in others. The reproductive chamber is the part that is really different. Men are interesting on the outside and women on the inside. Global warming is happening but the average person doesn't measure or understand gas changes in the ocean or believe in the disappearance of glaciers...wierd.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

You've got that right, Brian. That shouldn't happen to Santa or anybody.

Bodhirose said...

Too many unexplained questions...hunger is number one. With the resources of this planet no one should be hungry or without shelter. This drives me crazy to think about it!

It's been close to 80 here in Orlando this week...

Nikki Rules said...

Men have nipples so I can rub ice cubes on them and giggle. hee hee. Hard nipples! hee hee

Eddie Bluelights said...

True mysteries indeed. I have often wondered why men have nipples! Not much good to me!! Santa should be in shirt sleeves because he works so darned hard delivering all those presents he works up a sweat.

FrankandMary said...

I have a hat like that.
With him, though, I am so afraid it might not be a hat.

Anyes said...

Santa going about shirtless, I guess it's something I can not really control...

No children going hungry anymore, now this is something I can do something about :-)

G-Man said...

Here's a question for ya...
Will you ever spread yourself so thin that you can't possibly visit ALL your minions?
The answer is yes!
Just remember something, Blogging is supposed to be FUN.
If you forget that, it becomes a chore.
Never lose sight of your 'Roots', or the things that got you where you're at.
Excellent 55.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Heaven said...

Thanks for the reminder G-man ~

As to the post, I think nature is freaking out now - why is it warm in the middle of December? I like your ending lines.. why is this so ?

Adam said...

I think I heard the reason for the nipple part. Apparently they form before the gender of the baby is determined or something.

Lady In Read said...

nice post.. definitely no one should go hungry.. am following you now..

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah global warming is all a scam or one big conspiracy right?
Pffft, The only time it seems to take flight
Is when some dumb politician needs it in their favor
Then it's correct in it's flavor
Why there are nipples on us I have no idea though
Maybe so the lonely have something to fondle at their show?..haha

Nimue said...

Interesting set of questions.. but a sad end ,,

Jyoti Mishra said...

Unexplainable questions.... so many in this world :P
the one u mentioned was a grave one LOL

Jokes apart, global warming is really a serious issue 4 which we all gotta think.

Awesome read !!

Rae said...

Kinda baffling. Wish I had the answers and I agree a shirtless Santa is unthinkable.

Magpie said...

Okay, now I'm going to be pondering these questions all night. :)

liza said...

He's shirtless BECAUSE it's 76 degrees on
december 15th! : )

Teresa said...

Awesome poem. The questions are silly and yet thought-provoking so the serious comment at the end is more powerful. By the way, my male cat served as a surrogate mom to two kittens, and his nipples made great pacifiers. Just saying...

Margie said...

Brian, I always so appreciate your amazing poetry and the messages you share 'between the lines!'

Really liked this one!
Thank you and have a wonderful evening!

Smiles :):):)

adeeyoyo said...

I think the nipples are there just in case... in case they need to feed babies... in case they want a sex change...

We'll only believe in global warming when we're all fried!

moondustwriter said...

our culture would suffer without the Santa everyone has conjured an image of over the years
hope the boys have fun this season with the festivities

SassyModernMom said...

All very thought provoking questions! :)

Margaret said...

75 degrees in MICHIGAN? I might start believing in GW!

VE said...

I'd gladly take a little global warming here in Oregon right now...

kaykuala said...

A lot of questions unanswered. Man and woman are destined to be different.But at some points there are similarities, it is the long and short of it. Great thinking Brian!

Hank

Alice Audrey said...

Did you know that men can actually lactate? That's right, it's possible for some, under certain circumstance, to nurse.

JANU said...

Men go shirtless to show off their body...it happens in Mumbai. As for why men have nipples? Take a wild guess..maybe some women like it.!!!LOL

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Local weather proves nothing about global climate. I'm sure even Santa can understand, shirt or no shirt.

Unknown Mami said...

Great now all I can think about is men and their nipples!

Hilary said...

When I was pregnant with my second child, my 3 year old son had a lot of questions about the baby-to-be. I remember explaining about how I'd be breastfeeding him. Jeffrey looked at his own chest and said "What about my nipples?" I mirrored his question with "What about yours? He looked at me.. then himself.. then shrugged and said "I guess mine are just decorations." ;)

farmlady said...

I don't like the last line, Brian. I's too heavy, like rocks, it sinks the poem.
Do like men's nipples though... no matter that they are not necessary.

Valerie said...

Nude Santas?

I like Hilary's little tale. Made me smile.

Lady Nyo said...

Nipples in men and male cats....big waste.

global warming...how can we deny this when the polar ice caps are melting like the wicked witch (my mother) of the west???/

Great post.

Lady Nyo

Madhulika said...

The first question was funny ;)
And yeah... you got me scared :( the picture is scary :(

Dave King said...

I'm with Victoria: it's cool. Great humerous first stanza to get us going.
How can anyone not believe in global warming? What's causing it - now that's another issue altogether....

anthonynorth said...

Excellent sentiments at the end.

Lorraine said...

even if If I try not too I always hurt a little more after I read you, I like the reminder everyday of suffering that should simply not be...

Alan Burnett said...

I can well explain the questions (especially your last one) but I wish I could find an answer (especially to your last one).

Glynn said...

Men have nipples because men father daughters (in addition to sons).

MorningAJ said...

One of the things that people don't get about global warming is that it doesn't mean we'll all get hotter. In the UK's case it means we'll get first wetter then very much colder (as the melting polar ice cap switches off the Gulf stream).

Piercing the night with lights all year round would only make it worse, of course.....

Is there an answer?

manicddaily said...

Agreed. Though Santa 's nipples (shirtless) are a question I don't want to contemplate.

(Maybe men misusing nipples with so many going hungry--I mean that symbolically.) K.

Daydreamertoo said...

Yes, yes, yes and yes. I never realised it until they did a piece on it on our news about how frequently men too, have breast cancer. It's not something that is widely known and yet apparently, it happens a lot. I think it's all to do with us being created from the same DNA with slight difference that separate the sexes and we're so close and that's why we have androgynous people too. Why do some animals and plants change sex as and when it needs. So, I think men having nipples goes back to our creator, splicing and dicing with DNA.
As to kids going hungry, (having been one such myself) no it shouldn't happen at all.

Kass said...

Men's nipples?....to carry on the genetic coding, I suppose.

Love your poem.

DJan said...

Oh, I got here to see that you had 55 comments right when I spoiled it with another one! Love it, Brian!

ayala said...

True...love the last line, " nor his children go hungry."

5thsister said...

Gee Brian...a bit of everything here: a little bit of silliness mixed in with a lot of poignancy. Great one as usual.

Mama Zen said...

That's some truth!

izzy said...

Well, hunger is something extremely fundamental, (as is human anatomy)
Shirtless Santa-? makes me shiver!
My 55 is bland in comparison- thanks.

SueAnn said...

Amen!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Mary said...

Yes, I do think it would be disconcerting to see a shirtless Santa (especially in these northern climes.)LOL.

CiCi said...

No one should go hungry on this planet. If people would all, every single person, have the mind set that hoarding and ignoring those who don't have as much is unacceptable. Sharing all that grows and all that is made is what life is really about. The "things" in life do not belong to any one. Not really.

Daydreamertoo said...

RYN: About help the boy with his dress and having good manners and such, there's one thing so far that has impressed me so much about you Brian, having come from the depths that you seem to have climbed up from, you certainly are doing your part to 'pay it forward' I sincerely have nothing but the utmost respect for you both as a real man with a heart full of love and gratitude for his blessings and as such a gifted writer too.
To quote my fav line of Kipling: "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din" ....Smiles

Celestial Dreamz said...

oh wow Brian, i like this verse of yours the most ... so much depth packed in ... amazing

Other Mary said...

Oh, Brian - that started so funny, and ended quite profoundly. His children should not go hungry. Absolutely.

Caty said...

maybe sometimes Santa has to go "shirtless" so his kids don't go hungry...if everyone would sacrifice a "shirt" or two for the kids...there could be less and less of them going hungry :) great 55, Brian.

Myrna R. said...

So much truth contained in your short write.

I've been struggling with weather. It's been so cold here, where it's usually warm. And, I guess I've always struggled with why some children go hungry. Thanks for this one Brian.

Akelamalu said...

Great seasonal 55 Brian! :)

Sheila Moore said...

Well said! Write on.

TALON said...

I think men would look strange without nipples - like Barbie's boyfriend Ken ;)

Shirtless Santa isn't a good look.

rosaria said...

We've been dry! Dry and cold, instead of wet and mild. Our evergreen will suffer big time, as well as our fish and reservoirs. Who doesn't believe?

emmett wheatfall said...

Love it! Each subject brings to light the questions we all have. Very clever Brian. Also, I like the form and structure. I like my poems to breath, exhibit space. Just loved this one my man.

Tifiny said...

awesome points made.

Laurie Kolp said...

Ahh... so profound once again. And congrats on hitting the over 1000 followers mark! You're amazing, Brian.

e said...

Profound...As usual. I hope you and your family enjoy the holidays.

sharplittlepencil said...

Brian, the final two lines nailed it for me. Signed, sealed, delivered.

Men have nipples because, in certain emergencies when the mother has died and they are isolated, there is a chance the man will indeed lactate. And yes, global warming has become "an article of faith" rather than scientifically classified. If you are a Fundamentalist, generally, you don't believe in it. Thanks, Brian; in a few lines, you conveyed so much! Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/too-close-no-comfort/

Shanda said...

Christmas is the time of cheer and good will. We've just forgotten to take it outside our families.
Maybe Santa goes shirtless to show off his nipples???

Fred said...

Nice write, love the tone and yeah, somethings one sees one wishes he hadn't. But 76 really, it was in the 40's here. #Jealousy -lol

PattiKen said...

We humans have developed a strange sort of selective blindness, aven't we? Many can see the questions, but few the answers, it seems.

oceangirl said...

I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I couldn't agree more-- Shirtless Santa's should be banned and no one should go hungry.

jj

EMK said...

lol I love this one!

Vodka Mom said...

six inches. That's all I'm gonna say.

Tara Miller said...

Interesting questions here, love. I wish no one would ever go hungry...

tera said...

Poor Santa.
Nice poem, Brian.
Interestingly- I was feeling pretty down about human kind today after talking to one self-centered dirt bag whiner today, when I read the story on the news about the anonymous donors paying for layaways at Walmart and it made me feel just a little more hopeful. :)

KB said...

Very important questions unanswered here, hehe.

4U2 said...

Like your reflection!

Adura Ojo said...

This is deep and imaginative on so many levels. I love your 55's! No to Santa without a shirt...that would just be the beginning of the end.

Great humourous opening too:) Surely you don't need any of us readers to tell you why men have nipples, LOL. Every man would have to answer that for himself. Ha-ha.

Adura Ojo said...

On reflection, the shirtless santa might be trying to make a point about the state of the world just like the 'occupy this' campaign. Shrtless santa might just be a tad more satirical in making the point. Or perhaps the point was missed? - with so many people (including myself) turned off by the image.

Claudia said...

yes..

Morning said...

Fun Thoughts,
love the new look, at times, we do need to pretend to be look like or act like someone else to feel GOOD.

you never fail to entertain,
smiles.

Lydia said...

Like you need a 93rd comment telling you how remarkable and clever and touching this 55 is! But it is, so here it is! :)

Goofball said...

I don't have the answers either

Heather said...

lol - scary to think of santa's without shirts -
I believe in global warming...

Evalinn said...

Well told!

zumpoems.com said...

Very well said!!!

Like the light way it starts and the serious message at the end.

zongrik said...

LOL.

If Santa walked about naked, he'd look like a retard.

Zuzana said...

Oh, I really liked this, you manged to bring so many very serious subjects into such a short piece and yet the first line is so very amusing and come to think of it, i have never questioned that fact, yet how odd it is indeed.;)
xoxo

Syd said...

It is La Nina so a mild winter for us in the South. Global warming is real. The polar ice caps melting over time, the long term trends in rising sea surface temperature--We will have to get used to major changes as time goes on.

emmett wheatfall said...

Golden Brian! Love this one. Its brillance is self-evident.