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A MODEST PROPOSAL

As always, how grand last year’s end sounded –

like a century’s, a millennium’s!

Number’s arbitrary significance.

 

Nothing will change, only the detail.

Cats will stalk robins, gardeners chase cats

and the bird will be flown whatever.

 

Whether in hunger or joy,  song or silence,

the same heaven above us, wishful or real,

accept, please, my gift of continuing love.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright David Selzer
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5 Responses
  • roze albina ches
    February 10, 2013

    I enjoyed your poem A Modest Proposal. I think it’s simply beautiful. I love your collection and will read more of your work.

    Best,
    Roze

  • (theinkywriter)
    February 16, 2013

    I really enjoyed this and love the last line.

  • John Huddart
    February 22, 2013

    Best collection yet – and a nice turning on its head of the Swiftian title in a modest proposal. This manages to be both a personal love poem, an acceptance of life’s nastinesses and a celebration of friendship. how does he do it?

  • John Chapman
    February 26, 2013

    Love, which has many facets, does indeed “make the world go round”.

  • Tricia Durdey
    February 27, 2013

    Oh, I loved this poem, David – the simplicity, truth and directness of it. One to remember. Thanks.

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