Poem: Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Don’t be too hard on yourself:
you hail from a land
where it is high art to hurl dirt hogs,
where men so delight
in dance, elocution, and dress
women conspire
to reproduce without them
(—I would not wager against them:
they are healthy women!),
and your mother
has deep regret regarding
your conception and husbandry.
By the way: she was last seen on a dirt path
conferring with a blind Baba
about the best way to get lost.

Don’t be too hard on yourself:
Such deficits and handicaps and misfortune
cannot but give your verse
the odor of the undergarments of Christians
once the lions are brought out.

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