David Ignatow

(7 February 1914 - 17 November 1997 / Brooklyn/ New York)

I Close My Eyes - Poem by David Ignatow

I close my eyes like a good little boy at night in bed,
as I was told to do by my mother when she lived,
and before bed I brush my teeth and slip on my pajamas,
as I was told, and look forward to tomorrow.


I do all things required of me to make me a citizen of sterling worth.
I keep a job and come home each evening for dinner. I arrive at the
same time on the same train to give my family a sense of order.


I obey traffic signals. I am cordial to strangers, I answer my
mail promptly. I keep a balanced checking account. Why can’t I
live forever?


Comments about I Close My Eyes by David Ignatow

  • Gold Star - 10,530 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/22/2015 8:30:00 PM)

    A very profound question indeed at the end! Perhaps, the Lord is not a good book and time keeper. Great write! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 22,590 Points Kim Barney (4/22/2015 3:24:00 PM)

    He lived to 83 years, nine months and ten days. That's not forever, but it's not bad. My mother only lived to be 44, and her mother only 61. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elaine Severin (3/29/2012 5:14:00 PM)

    You did everything right. Why can't you live forever? (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 22,590 Points Kim Barney (4/22/2015 3:25:00 PM)

    Because he died in 1997.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, July 29, 2011


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