Jack Gilbert

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jack Gilbert
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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A Brief For The Defense

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Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that's what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
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COMMENTS
Joseph O''Boyle 17 June 2020
Beautiful poem. I have just read it as the cruel abortion law has just been ratified by UKfor NI against our wishes, the same UK that claims to have no selfish, strategic or economic interest in NI.
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Linda Sue Acevedo 04 July 2018
I have an earnest appreciation for anything that makes me think reflect as this poem has done.
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