Circa 1976: To Francis And Matthew

To elegize you
both, I must first scrape from my

soul the luxury

of dislike.  A snake in the

grass cannot change what it is.







Author's Notes/Comments: 

I am uncomfortable juxtaposing Francis and Matthew with someone I have, for the last seven months or so, activiely disliked and avoided.  John Milton, however, believed that a poet must strive to rise above petty moral failures, and I accept this, although I am not very good at it.  I have had to ask myself, however, what Francis and Matthew might think of this attitude, and I think they would counsel me to lose it.  I shall be sure to ask them this, when I meet them in Heaven.

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