Forbidden Thought (Written May 21)

Forbidden Thought


Though strictly it is not allowed

To have that kind of thought.

It would destroy the will to live,


To think that your own son

Or daughter might not outlive

You, and, even worse, might


Have a more unhappy life

Than you, more blighted,

More poverty stricken.


To have that kind of thought

Would be too sore an affliction,

And might tempt you to take


An early exit from this un-

Forgiving earth, and thus make

The matter moot.

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