2.20.2007

Is Auden only 100?

That's what it saysin the Wall Street Journal. He looked about 100 in the Eisenhower Administration, what with his habit of hiding drafts of poems in the crevasses of his face.

Well, here's part of one I don't like as much as I used to -- the fact that I found it at a website called "magick.net" sets my teeth on edge about the person I used to be -- but what the hell:

Thou shalt not do as the dean pleases,
Thou shalt not write thy doctor’s thesis
On education,
Thou shalt not worship projects nor
Shalt thou or thine bow down before
Administration.

Thou shalt not answer questionnaires
Or quizzes upon World-Affairs,
Nor with compliance
Take any test. Thou shalt not sit
With statisticians nor commit
A social science.

Thou shalt not be on friendly terms
With guys in advertising firms,
Nor speak with such
As read the Bible for its prose,
Nor, above all, make love to those
Who wash too much.

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