Jack Gilbert

(1925 - / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

In Dispraise Of Poetry - Poem by Jack Gilbert

When the King of Siam disliked a courtier,
he gave him a beautiful white elephant.
The miracle beast deserved such ritual
that to care for him properly meant ruin.
Yet to care for him improperly was worse.
It appears the gift could not be refused.

Comments about In Dispraise Of Poetry by Jack Gilbert

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/25/2016 3:11:00 PM)

    A gift or a punishment, wonderful poem indeed. (Report) Reply

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  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/15/2008 1:50:00 PM)

    I heared that wise enemies are just like your King. Now I believe it.
    You make it so clear.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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