I still believe in Fairies

PRAYER BEFORE BIRTH


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I AM NOT YET BORN;
O HEAR ME
LET NOT THE BLOODSUCKING BAT
 OR
THE RAT
OR
THE STOAT
OR
THE CLUBFOOTED GHOUL COME NEAR ME.
I AM NOT YET BORN;
CONSOLE ME.
I FEAR THAT THE HUMAN RACE
MAY TALL WALLS WALL ME,
WITH STRONG DRUGS DOPE ME,
WITH WISE LIES LURE ME,
ON BLACK RACKS RACK ME,
IN BLOOD-BATHS ROLL ME.
I AM NOT YET BORN;
PROVIDE ME
WITH WATER TO DANDLE ME,
GRASS TO GROW FOR ME,
TREES  TO TALK TO ME,
SKY TO SING TO ME,
BIRDS AND A WHITE LIGHT
IN THE BACK OF MY MIND TO GUIDE ME.
I AM NOT YET BORN;
FORGIVE ME
FOR THE SINS THAT IN ME THE WORLD
SHALL COMMIT,
MY WORDS WHEN THEY SPEAK ME,
MY THOUGHTS WHEN THEY THINK
ME,
MY TREASON ENGENDERED BY TRAIORS
BEYOND ME,
MY LIFE WHEN THEY MURDER BY MEANS
OF MY HANDS,
MY DEATH WHEN THEY LIVE ME.
I AM NOT YET BORN;
REHEARSE ME
IN THE PARTS I MUST PLAY
AND THE CUES I MUST TAKE WHEN
OLD MEN LECTURE ME,
BUREAUCRATS HECTOR ME,
MOUNTAINS FROWN AT ME,
LOVERS LAUGH AT ME,
THE WHITE WAVES CALL ME TO FOLLY
AND THE DESERT CALLS
ME TO DOOM AND THE
BEGGER REFUSES MY GIFT
AND MY CHILDREN CURSE ME.
I AM NOT YET BORN;
O HEAR ME,
LET NOT THE MAN WHO IS BEAST
OR
WHO THINKS HE IS GOD
COME NE ME.
I AM NOT YET BORN;
O FILL ME
WITH STRENGHT AGAINST
THOSE WHO WOULD FREEZE MY
HUMANITY, WOULD DRAGOON ME
INTO A LETHAL AUTOMATON,
WOULD MAKE ME A COG IN
A MACHINE,
A THING WITH ONE FACE,
A THING,
AND AGAINST ALL THOSE
WHO WOULD DISSIPATE MY ENTIRETY,
WOULD BLOW ME LIKE THISTLEDOWN
HITHER AND THITHER OR HITHER
AND THITHER LIKE WATER HELD IN THE
HANDS WOULD SPILL ME.
LET THEM NOT MAKE ME A STONE
AND LET THEM NOT SPILL ME.
OTHERWISE KILL ME…
(LOUIS MACNEICE)
THIS IS ONE OF THE POEMS
MY KID IS DOING
@ SCHOOL….
WE HAD A LONG CHAT ABOUT THIS
POEM LAST NIGHT
AND WE BOTH LOVE IT!!
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4 responses

  1. Nozee

    "the world is a stage and each must play its part" >> as from Elvis or Shakespeare    AAH – I see they are still doing that poem.. after all these years?!     11years is it?    WOW – life does go by quicklySNOOP

    January 23, 2008 at 19:37

  2. n

    Very nice poem, and beautiful picture, stunning.  Hope you have a great evenining, and doing good, xxxluvya Venus

    January 23, 2008 at 20:43

  3. dawn

    regrets saying that this poem scares me…somehow…

    January 24, 2008 at 00:54

  4. Dallas

    This is such a remarkable poem! Love it! HUGS!

    January 24, 2008 at 01:20

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