Healthy Complaint

Healthy Complaint (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Dark choc’late, caffeine, and red wine
Might harm us, or may be just fine.
Ev’ry news item muddies
My mind with new studies.
Please make up your mind: What’s benign?

(Prompted by We Write Poems, which encouraged poets to use two prompts at once. I used health and chocolate.)

You might also enjoy my Are Health Studies Making Us Sick? and Margarine Is Good For You. Oops — Never Mind!

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21 Responses to “Healthy Complaint”

  1. hansi says:

    Well said. that reminds me of some lyrics to a blues song:
    If ya dig, don’t do it
    If ya like, better leave it alone.

  2. brian says:

    oh they are good, just too good…smiles…and dont help my waistline…

  3. lori says:

    I hate how the news changes daily. I decided to stop listening :)

  4. Ha! I agree, so confusing! Oh well, I’m guilty of consuming all three!

  5. ayala says:

    I love them all :)

  6. Ha! so true…I’m going with fine

  7. Pat Hatt says:

    Oh this is soooo true
    They can’t make up their mind what they do
    May as well say screw it and do what you want
    As we’re going to die anyway so why listen to them taunt

  8. Elaine says:

    Everything in moderation me thinks!

  9. The red wine’s good. So’s the chocolate. What are of no use whatsoever are those silly studies.

  10. Kim Nelson says:

    It’s always something, isn’t it Mad? :-)

  11. Kavita says:

    hahaha.. well said, Madeleine! And so true!! Which is why I simply indulge in whatever it is that tempts me :)

  12. Matty says:

    Chocolate is something I crave
    despite the high calorie wave
    healthy or not
    I eat it a lot
    my waistline just will not behave

  13. Jim says:

    So very good, Madeleine. :) And true about the variances but then what is true when the experts cannot agree?

    To dark chocolate I’m addicted
    Red wine nightly I’m afflicted
    Half decaf for me
    Behalf my kidney
    Be what be it’s all conflicted

    I like your limericks and I like trying them. The meter bothers me some but I try to get the majority right.
    Your ‘COURT’ accrostic limerick is great. I should enter one. I missed making Acrostics Only entries last month.
    BTW, I’m a retired attorney also. I keep current because at my age the bar dues are waived. My employment was teaching Business Law in a community college.

  14. Jim says:

    Forgot to say thank you for peeking in on my tribute to a fallen friend. And thank you for your nice comment.

  15. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your enthusiastic words and your verse!

  16. JL Dodge says:

    LOL How true Mad… love this !!

  17. Mr. Walker says:

    Madeleine, you’ve said so well what I’ve often thought. I also love your title. Thanks.


  18. Ann Grenier says:

    Absolutely! I vent my exasperation with the whole thing to my husband in dinner conversation at every conflicting report. How clever of you to highlight in your limerick. Great!

  19. Very well said! I hate how they’re always switching if coffee, chocolate, etc. are good or bad for you.

  20. Mad Kane, enjoying all of your limericks today! This one is particular, is my favorite. I so love dark chocolate, and have decided that it MUST be a health food! :)

  21. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments!