Cynical Development

     A little something to ponder as you attempt to prepare your children for the real world.

Have a thoughtful Sunday, 


Cynical Development

When do we begin

to develop,

a cynical look

at the world?

Is it from the first

or the last lie,

or when the truth

to our eyes, is unfurled?


When first, do we pass

from the innocence,

to the callousness

now firming inside?

Is it when we’re told

there’s no Santa

and the Bunny

had no eggs to hide?


Were those truths withheld

as to insulate,

and protect us

from reality’s woe?

Or to provide us link

to a happier time,

when the winds

of maturity blow?


And what of the birds

and the bees then,

and those other

outrageous tales?

Is there leprechaun’s gold

in a pot at the end,

should we follow

those rainbow’s trails?


Or a fairy that enters

our bedroom at night

with money in hand

for a tooth?

why not just spare us

the falsehoods

and just scare us to death

with the truth?


You see, the cynic’s not born

but created,

in spite of intentions

all good.

Because, sooner or later

we must all leave the nest,

and get a real taste

of the ‘hood’!


Jack Downing

Mar. 2014

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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5 Responses to Cynical Development

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    Very thoughtful. I write satire mostly. This set me thinking about my reasons. Or causes.

  2. Ankur, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then satire must indeed be the sincerest form of comedy. All of us write to express ourselves in some manner and it is usually that manner in which we are most comfortable, because while the head may seek a reason to write, the heart just seeks a pen.. Write on!!

  3. When does cynicism begin for a man?The moment you are born. First they hold you upside down by the feet, whack you on the ass, then cut your pee pee and wonder why you are a cynical alcoholic by age 6.

  4. That’s a hell of a welcome isn’t it?

  5. jalidin82 says:

    Reblogged this on djalidin2 and commented:
    Orang-orang terkaya di dunia, mencari dan membangun JARINGAN. Orang-orang lainnya, hanya sekedar mencari PEKERJAAN. (Robert T. Kiyosaki)
    Bila bisnis anda tidak hadir di dunia internet, maka anda akan kehilangan bisnis anda. (Bill Gates Microsoft) Sukses Selalu Bersama:

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