Previous visitors to this site may already know of "Fasting, Longevity and Immortality" by Charles W. Johnson, Jr., a book in which the author not only sets out his unique theories and philosophy but includes a number of inspiring poems, from which I have taken this example. I don't know whether prolonged breast feeding is a good thing or not, but I feel sure that if this poem is more widely read it will surely increase the sum of human happiness. Note Johnson's provision of an alternative line for the end of the third verse: a less confident poet would balk at such bold experimentalism.
There are "backward" societies
That nurse their young to age of four.
They seem free from anxieties
And know quite well their ancient lore.
They know nothing of birth control
But siblings come five years apart.
Doesn't it really seem quite droll?
These folks on us have quite a big start.
Science could tell us if it tried
That ample nipple stimulation
Stops a mother's cycle in stride.
All for her young ones relation.*
Siblings close spaced fight and compete,
But those well spaced cooperate.
Teleology demands we treat
This matter with importance great.
Mother and child both learn to love
By symbiotic relation
A plan fostered by God above
To limit the population.
This develops love in the young,
With teeth so sharp, they must not bite.
Mother's feelings they must not wrong.
"Respect others," they learn, is right.
Only thus can real love evolve,
Promote psychic health through life,
Without it our world will dissolve.
Look around you and see the strife.
To save our world and set it right,
We should breast feed our young till four.
They thus learn love, and so don't fight,
And that is the end of all war!
long, long after her gestation.
Scribbled by Alfred Armstrong 14 years 2 months ago