14 February 2008

proper boundaries

i will not even say who you have named
those are the boundaries of propriety
another era's open anxiety
is what we thought you had disclaimed
but in the morning clearly marked and framed
we find there is still some marked variety
not only to signs of pomp and piety
but to the ones who greater force has tamed
all those who share the magic of a laugh
are not so given to the better choice
as to believe that there is a plain tie
between the lighter and the darker half
but will expect to hear a louder voice
explain just how it happens by and by

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