Friday, June 08, 2012

Poem for Shabbat XI

From the Manifesto of the Selfish - Stephen Dunn

Because altruists are the least sexy
   people on earth, unable 
to say “I want” without embarrassment,

we need to take from them everything
      they give,
then ask for more,

this is how to excite them, and because
      it’s exciting
to see them the least bit excited

once again we’ll be doing something
      for ourselves,
who have no problem taking pleasure,

always desirous and so pleased to be
      pleased, we who above all
can be trusted to keep the balance.

(found in Garrison Keillor (ed.), Good Poems)

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