Lucius Furius


Here's To Those Who Suffer Voluntarily - Poem by Lucius Furius

Here's to those who suffer voluntarily,
who rise above the mean and merely momentary
pleasure that we feel sitting on a couch,
eating Cheetos, watching reruns of 'The Brady Bunch';

those who exercise, walk fast (raising weights
with their arms in rhythm to their feet) ,
jog, or actually even run -
as long as there's no clear goal in mind,
no Olympic medal, no short-skirted cheerleaders
proffering kisses;

residents of Blakely, Georgia, and Moosejaw, Saskatchewan,
who steadfastly resist removal to California
and similar climes, knowing intuitively
that delight in perfect weather is born in sub-zero winters,
in summer's humid swelter;

those who do without air-conditioning,
using the money for a violin
or books or trips to the local swimming pool;

those who fast, mortify the flesh, -
or at least skip breakfast occasionally,
refusing to indulge every bodily whim,
letting them ripen, at least now and then,
into actual, robust hunger;

monks in solemn Kentucky silence,
some, I suppose, are misanthropes, here I speak of those
with a normal affection for chat and hubbub
who restrict themselves to a reverent silence,
speech being used only in extremity;

blood donors.

Topic(s) of this poem: hunger, silence, suffering

Form: Lyric


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is one of the Humanist Art Homepage, Scraps of Faith poems.

Comments about Here's To Those Who Suffer Voluntarily by Lucius Furius

  • Specht3@comcast.net Specht (6/5/2017 8:02:00 AM)

    Great poem!

    Billy Wilson
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    Lucius Furius(6/24/2017 10:50:00 AM)

    Thanks, Billy. I'm glad you found it valuable.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 26, 2017

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 17, 2017


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