Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In living memory

Possibly we might hear
less talk of a failure
of obligation, from the
most chronically failed
state in modern history.

       One of the advantages
       of acquiring a little
       capital with a page is
       that in an emergency,
       some can be spent. It
       doesn't take much, to
       remember what humanity
       has spent already, to
       forgive debts greater 
       than ever could be paid.

       Who can credit this in-
       teresting new squeamish-
       ness on fiscal error?

       I don't think we get up
       in the morning to pre-
       tend we have no history,
       and I don't know anybody
       who can bear to revisit
       piety's shrill hysteria.


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