Oh should I utter words of little sense
And jabber, wearing out my heart and lips
Should I engage in folly and pretense
And furnish people with invalid quips?
Should I be imprudent, absurd or dense?
And disregard sweet Beauty as she skips
Our poor attention, should I raise a fence
'Tween Good and me? Should I the truth eclipse?
Should I a drunkard be and waste my pence
And drain myself among a bunch of rips?
Should I decay in sheer indifference
Ignoring all but my benumbing sips?
If e’er I should slight what I taste and see
Before I do’t, may death acknowledge me!
May 7th 1987
Topic(s) of this poem: taste
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