I haven’t mentioned it before, but I’m kind of a science freak. I read several science blogs everyday when I’m not writing poetry.
Yesterday the news was full of panic because a chemical used to give cola drinks their brown color has been found to be a carcinogen. Such stories should always be taken with a grain of salt, and anything from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is ALWAYS suspect. We’ve known since Paracelsus in the 1500’s that the poison is in the dose, and as a former police detective, I enjoy researching things that grab my attention. A little digging led to the fun of writing a rather offbeat poem. It was written quick and dirty, and needs serious editing, but it isn’t destined to become a classic, so I think I’ll let it ride.
OF CANCER AND COLA
by Mike Patrick
A startling thing I read today:
Coca Cola should be feared.
Cancer causing chemicals
Have suddenly appeared.
But when one reads the fine print
It seems not all is lost.
Only rodents are in danger
In the many lives it’s cost.
Massive doses the rats were fed
Of chemicals quite rare.
The truth is not in the news release.
Why must they always scare?
150,000 cans a day
A man would have to drink
To equal what the rat just took
To put it on the brink.
Everything causes cancer
Yet the cancer rate still drops.
It’s time to be a skeptic
Until all this lying stops.