Max Reif

Rookie - 18 Points (1948 / OVER 400 POEMS SERVED! !)

.36) For Small Sins... - Poem by Max Reif

I ask forgiveness
for my complicity
in the world's impending
styrofoam catastrophe,

for getting a new cup sometimes
when I have one at home
or in our other car;

and for writing poems on the backs
of flyers that someone paid
his good money for so he
could advertise things;

for the way I'll waste still more money
on diet coke from the convenience store
on the way home, when we have
plenty of coke in our own refrigerator,

and for leaving the water
running while I do the dishes.

I know I use more Equal
than is good for my
divinely-given body,
and go around with a little
buzz from caffeine when I could
have unadulterated peace;

and because I try to keep
my consciousness balanced
by chasing coffee
with huge glasses of water,
I pee twenty times a day,
flushing the toilet each time
in a drought state.

Have mercy on me, an abject

Comments about .36) For Small Sins... by Max Reif

  • (4/7/2007 2:42:00 PM)

    not to segue or to consume more white space than is necessary, but, Max, you do ride your segway to the Forum, don't you? ... (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (12/29/2006 12:15:00 PM)

    Go in peace my child but recite Self Reliance 20 times for penance. I personally flush without guilt because I am an insensitive clod and coffee is nature's most perfect food. I do worry about the styrofoam though so I may be redeemable. (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2006 3:16:00 PM)

    This is a great confession and so appropro to all of us nonpenitents living in a world devoted to conspicuous consumption. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (4/20/2006 3:06:00 PM)

    Max, good stuff! I too make a conscience effort to drink a lot of water and in turn feel guilty every time I have to flush. I certainly could relate!
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2006 3:37:00 AM)

    What about that extra piece of cake you snuck away with? Great poem Max! A ten. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2006 12:26:00 AM)

    Well said Max....u pointed out so many of us in this one....oops, of course not me! Bravo~! (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Friday, April 7, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 27, 2007

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]