Sunday, December 23, 2012

For A Freshman Reader By Donald Justice (2004)



Healthy Choice, Basic 4 =Elementary Four=Ji Ben 4...



Don't bother with odes, my son.
Timetables are more precise.
.
Currents are changing! Unroll
the sea charts, watch it, don't sing.
.
The day will come when once more
lists will be nailed to the door.
.
And numbers stamped on the chest
of anyone who says NO!
.
Learn to be anonymous,
Learn more than I did: to shift
.
your identification,
your address, your physical appearance.
.
Encyclicals make good fires,
Manifestos are handy.
.
For wrapping up the butter
and salt given to victims.
.
It will take more than anger
it will take patience to force.
.
The lungs of authority
with the fire deadly powder.
.
Ground those with the know-how,
The precision in you, such as you.















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