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"Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." Leonard Cohen

Sunday, December 7, 2014


If it's all the same to you, I think I'll pass on today's
Middle East skirmish
If you can call the slaughter of children by something
as pernicious as a suicide bombing, a skirmish
If it's all the same to you, I'll also take a pass on hearing
any more about the riots in the USA
Because another policeman has done something untoward
or outside the rules of law
Not because I don't believe it - I do - I'm just tired of the whole
I wouldn't be a cop anywhere south of the 49th
for all the money there is
If it's all the same to you,  I will pass on the number of football
games available to me on my television
I know it's downright amazing, but I think I can contain myself
If it's all the same to you, I will resist reading reviews
of the latest books, movies, and musical releases -
especially those I might be the least bit interested in seeing
Not because of their so-called spoiler alerts, but because reviews
tend to spoil my first shot at viewing any of these things;
give me a chance to make up my own mind without your
well-meant but unavoidable influence, thanks
That's it - if it's all the same to you.

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