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Commitment

“We were always adroiter
  with objects than lives, and more facile
  at courage than kindness...”
    ~ W. H. Auden, “Moon Landing” (1969)

How convenient
For sporting goods and diet pill purveyors
In a country of the unhealthy and obese
That team sports take years to master
One who’s put in the effort won’t waste it
By putting on pounds beyond marriage

How convenient
For clothing and energy purveyors
In a country craving summer’s light clothes
During March’s cold dreariness
That to find only short sleeves available at the mall
Means less fabric and stitching and more watt-hours and BTUs

How convenient
For fuel tire and auto purveyors, corporate bosses and mechanics
In a country of unquestioned policy
The edicts requiring daily attendance
Regardless of commute time and non-colocated colleagues
Means a packed hall at every grown-up pep rally

How convenient
For the highest-paid of professions
In a country of bureaucracy
That laws about my expression of opinions
Regardless of my foundational and specific knowledge
Mean I can do no more than refer you to some books

Thanks always returns

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