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Small Mercies

If I believed, I wouldn’t pray 

to thank god for the sun each day

less likely still is that I might

thank him for the dark at night

I'd ask if life could please be more 

than constant work and bills galore.

And amongst examples in the O.E.D. 

for “oxymoron” could there be 

“unhappy child” and “holy war"

And  all  of those “contented poor”?

The wealthy aren’t “unhappy rich”.

How many of them get the itch

to see if life’s more beneficial

busking with a penny whistle?

And if we happened to displease

could he hold the famine and disease

and make us write a thousand times

“God forgave us for our crimes.”?

And would his grand design become a pickle

If I got a bit more slap and tickle?


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  1. Date: 6/28/2015 10:26:00 AM

    oh my,Red, your cynicism shines forth here. As always, you are a great wit!! I enjoyed this one, my friend. so good to see you have put up a post. Soupie for you!!