A Poetic Limerick Tribute to Abram Hoffer and Orthomolecular Medicine
by Dr. Hugh Riordan

“I would like to offer a poetic limercick tribute to a true genius for whom I have enormous admiration and who is the eptome of the modern orthomolecular medical maverick.” — Hugh Riordan, MD.

THERE ONCE WAS A DOCTOR MOST BRAVE,
WHO HAD NEW TRAILS TO FORGE AND NEW ROADS TO PAVE.
BUT NEVER IN HIS WILDEST DREAMS
COULD HE EVER HAVE IMAGINED THE PLOTS AND THE SCHEMES
OF CONVENTIONAL DOCTORS WHO COULD NOT BEHAVE.

SO THE INSECTS ARE MOLTING
AND THE PEASANTS ARE REVOLTING –
BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY,
FROM HENCEFORTH THERE DAWNS A NEW DAY
FULL OF WILD IDEAS THAT ARE SHOCKING AND JOLTING!

AS THE DOOR TO AN ERA NOW CLOSES,
CONSIDER, FOR A MOMENT, MOSES:
WHY DID HE WANDER AROUND FOR FORTY YEARS,
ENDURING SO MUCH HEARTACHE, BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS?
DID HE JUST WANT TO SMELL THE DESERT ROSES, YOU SUPPOSES?

THE ANSWER, MY FRIEND, YOU MANY NEVER KNOW –
AS THOSE BORN BEFORE YOU, AGES AGO,
DID NOT LIVE TO SEE
ALL THAT YOU HAVE COME TO BE –
AND NEITHER CAN WE KNOW HOW THE WINDS OF CHANGE WILL BLOW.

BUT TWO GENERATIONS MUST CERTAINLY DIE,
BEFORE ANYONE MAY UNDERSTAND WHY,
AFTER WE ARE ALL LONG GONE
ONLY THEN CAN NEW IDEAS GROW FREELY AND STRONG
AND NEW MINDS DREAM ANEW OF THE STARS IN THE SKY.

THE FUTURE COURSE OF MANKIND
MAY NOT BE FOR US TO DEFINE
BUT SIMPLY BY OUR ACTIONS TODAY
SOME OF US DO HELP TO POINT THE WAY
FOR POSTERITY’S GROWTH OF HEART AND MIND.

BUT OUR THOUGHTS AND CONCERNS WILL NOT BE THEIRS –
WE MAY NOT BE AT ALL IN THEIR THOUGHTS OR THEIR CARES
FOR THEIR WORLD WILL BE SOMETHING FAR DIFFERENT FROM OURS –
ALL THEIR JOYS AND THEIR FEARS, THEIR FAULTS AND THEIR POWERS
WILL BE GREATER AND MORE THAN OUR WORLD EVER DARES.


FOR THEIR LIVES MUST BE MORE THAN WE’VE EVER KNOWN,
FOR OUR LIFETIMES AND AGE THEY WILL HAVE QUICKLY OUTGROWN –
SO BE CAREFUL AND PONDER THIS THOUGHT,
AND CONSIDER THE LESSONS THAT HISTORY HAS TAUGHT:
THE FUTURE MUST REAP WHAT THE PAST HAS SOWN.

SO OUR CHILDREN’S DAYS UPON THIS EARTH
MAY HERALD A NEW INTELLECTUAL BIRTH
AND IN THIS WAY PROGRESS PROGRESSES
SO THAT SUCCESS MAY BUILD UPON NEW SUCCESSES
AND THE FUTURE MIGHT INHERIT MORE HEALTH, WEALTH AND MIRTH.

FROM THE GREATEST MASTER TO THE LOWLIEST SLAVE –
FROM SAMSON AND DELILAH TO SOLOMON AND KING DAVE –
IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE CLERICAL OR SECULAR,
FOR WE ARE ALL BY OUR NATURE GLORIOUSLY ORTHOMOLECULAR!
AND NOW IT IS TIME TO RIDE THE 3RD WAVE!

BUT ONE MAN, FOREMOST, ABOVE ALL,
MAY STAND PROUD AND DISTINGUISHED, NOBLE AND TALL:
FOR ALL THAT HE HAS COURAGEOUSLY ACHIEVED
AND ALL IN WHICH HE HAS SO BRAVELY BELIEVED –
AND FOR ALL OF THE MANY WHO NOW FOLLOW THE CALL.

HIS MAGNANIMOUS HUMANISTIC CHARITY,
NOT TO MENTION HIS ORTHOMOLECULARITY,
ARE ABOVE AND BEYOND REPROACH,
AND ANY PUZZLE HE WILL FEARLESSLY BROACH
WITH INSPIRED AND SALIENT CLARITY.

WHO IS THIS MAN AND WHAT DOES HE OFFER?
YOU MANY ASK OF HIS WHEREABOUTS, AND THE GIFTS HE MIGHT PROFFER –
OR PERHAPS YOU MAY COUNT THE MANY WAYS
IN WHICH HE HAS INSPIRED A GENERATIONAL SHIFT OF PHASE:
WHY, OF COURSE! IT CAN ONLY BE ABRAM HOFFER!

WHAT TIME CONCEALS,
THIS MAN’S WISDOM NOW REVEALS:
HANDSOME, DASHING AND BRILLIANT,
DARING, BRAVE AND RESILIENT
HE HAS IMPROVED HOW HUMANITY THINKS AND FEELS!


OUR VERY HEALTH AND WELL BEING,
THE EXTENT OF OUR LIVING, LAUGHING, THINKING AND FEELING
SHALL EVOLVE THROUGHOUT FUTURE TIMES –
AND I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE IT RHYMES -
IT IS ALL THANKS TO ABRAM’S ORTHOMOLECULAR HEALING!

DOCTOR ABRAM HOFFER, PH.D., M.D.
FOR YOUR LIFETIME OF SERVICE WE THANK YOU MOST SINCERELY –
FROM YOUR COLLEAGUES, YOUR FRIENDS, AND YOUR FAMILY,
FROM THE WORLD, POSTERITY, AND HUMANITY –
OUR HIGHEST ESTEEM IS YOURS MOST RESPECTFULLY.

AND ESPECIALLY WHOLEHEARTEDLY!

WE THANK YOU!


Encore:

ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE
IS GOOD FOR ME AND YOU!


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