“So you’re going to travel, good for you
That country is beautiful but dangerous too
As a foreign tourist you are fair game
For being robbed, I know it’s a shame..”
Of course you are scared and carry with you
Clothes with hidden pockets, fake-bottomed bags too
The fear of pickpockets threatening to spoil
Your enjoyment of sights on foreign soil..
Being a new parent is hard, that has been true
Through centuries, but adding to that stress too
Are decisions regarding things for your bundle of joy
Safety is paramount-for a crib, car-seat, or a plastic toy
While every object available is subject to recall
Because a sophisticated safety feature they forgot to install
It’s so complicated and scary you’d think it was a miracle
That babies of older generations grew up without trouble..
“You feel tired and have no energy, you must be
Consuming plenty of meat, gluten and dairy
These ubiquitous food items can harm your system
Go gluten-free, eat quinoa, maybe go vegan”
All these expensive food items you buy
Your energy level does not change, you wonder why
For millennia, human beings all over who consumed
Wheat, meat and dairy prospered, instead of being doomed…
What I just described are instances I see
Of irrational fear that haunts us constantly
When on earth did we become so paranoid
That anything remotely risky we began to avoid
What happened to the sense of adventure innate
Where did the thrill of the unexpected dissipate?
An ever-expanding safety net we want to create
So that ourselves from all dangers we can insulate
More enemies emerge as we strengthen our defence
Do you know what I think is the eventual consequence?
No enemy can come closer to you in a million years
Than the one that resides between your own two ears!