Phyllis McGinley

(1905-1978 / United States)

Phyllis McGinley Poems

1. Intimations Of Mortality 4/22/2010
2. The Angry Man 4/22/2010
3. Ode To The End Of Summer 4/22/2010
4. First Lesson 4/22/2010
5. Reflections At Dawn 4/22/2010
6. The 5:32 4/22/2010
7. Daylight Savings Time 4/22/2010
8. Sunday Poetry: Ballade Of Lost Objects 4/22/2010
9. Daniel At Breakfast 4/22/2010
Best Poem of Phyllis McGinley

Daniel At Breakfast

his paper propped against the electric toaster
(nicely adjusted to his morning use),
Daniel at breakfast studies world disaster
and sips his orange juice.
the words dismay him. headlines shrilly chatter
of famine, storm, death, pestilence, decay.
Daniel is gloomy, reaching for the butter.
he shudders at the way
war stalks the planet still, and men know hunger,
go shelterless, betrayed, may perish soon.
the coffee's weak again. in sudden anger
Daniel throws down his spoon
and broods a moment on the kitchen faucet
the plumber mended, but has mended ...

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