Don Marquis (1878-1937)
Protest of a Young Intellectual
1God never plucks me by the sleeve
2 And begs for my advice,
3And since He doesn't all His works
4 Leave me cold as ice.
5The dust of all the vulgar moons
6 And planets overhead
7Is just the same inferior dirt
8 I daily spurn and tread.
9Considering the soul I have,
10 I think it quite unfair
11That all the air I get to breathe
12 Is ordinary air!
13Considering the thoughts I think
14 And state with every breath
15It's odd my views have not been asked
16 Concerning life and death.
17Considering my brains, 'tis strange --
18 (If it is nothing worse!)
19That God has not consulted me
20 About the universe.
21Since God does naught but frown at me,
22 I shall do more than frown!
23I'll start a Pale Brown Magazine
24 And shake the Cosmos down!
23] I.e., one printed on inexpensive paper.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services,
University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Don Marquis, Love Sonnets of a Cave Man and Other Verses
(Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928): 72-73.
PS 3525 A797L6 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/5
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