Monday, August 9, 2021

Rogation, Erogation, Supererogation

Just drop us in the middle, somewhere
More or less nowhere, and leave us there.
We’re not praying, we’re not displaying,

But we’ve got a few phrases to give,
Some of them even relatively
Original, or at least recent,

Hardly used, good as new, new to you.
Isn’t that the secret to giving,
Not to make too big a deal of this?

We think it’s sweet to be Cassandra,
Or would be, once over the horror
Of seeing just what you can’t prevent—

She didn’t give up; she kept giving.
Didn’t show off or hide her nightmares,
Just lay them out there, just what they meant.

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