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Richard Wilbur - Matthew VIII,28 ff.

Rabbi, we Gadarenes
Are not ascetics; we are fond of wealth and possessions.
Love, as You call it, we obviate by means
Of the planned release of aggressions.

We have deep faith in properity.
Soon, it is hoped, we will reach our full potential.
In the light of our gross product, the practice of charity
Is palpably non-essential.

It is true that we go insane;
That for no good reason we are possessed by devils;
That we suffer, despite the amenities which obtain
At all but the lowest levels.

We shall not, however, resign
Our trust in the high-heaped table and the full trough.
If You cannot cure us without destroying our swine,
We had rather You shoved off. 

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Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: Matthew VIII,28 ff.
Poem of the Day: Oct 31 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on October 31st, 2012 at 4:20 PM.

Communiqué :
Let it be known to all
Citizens, the tall and the small
That bread and milk shall be free
Butter and meat for each family.
You’ll pay no bill for gas or water
No school fees for son or daughter;
For each household a new car
And a new home, from work, not far,
A clean green park in neighborhood
Books, bikes and toys for the childhood
The elderly shall have a nurse
And none would reach for his purse,
Take trains and buses and pay no fare
For if you do, it shall be unfair,
Fresh air you’ll breathe, pure and clean,
Rubbish in streets shall not be seen,
And all will go on holiday
And never care who will pay;
Your days and nights will be sure
In walks and rides you’re all secure.
Enjoy and pay no contribution;
You’re in the land of revolution.
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