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Friday, January 3, 2003

Prayer Before Birth

I am not yet born; O hear me.
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the
club-footed ghoul come near me.
I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.

I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.

I am not yet born; forgive me
For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words
when they speak me, my thoughts when they think me,
my treason engendered by traitors beyond me,
my life when they murder by means of my
hands, my death when they live me.

I am not yet born; rehearse me
In the parts I must play and the cues I must take when
old men lecture me, bureaucrats hector me, mountains
frown at me, lovers laugh at me, the white
waves call me to folly and the desert calls
me to doom and the beggar refuses
my gift and my children curse me.

I am not yet born; O hear me,
Let not the man who is beast or who thinks he is God
come near me.

I am not yet born; O fill me
With strength against those who would freeze my
humanity, would dragoon me into a lethal automaton,
would make me a cog in a machine, a thing with
one face, a thing, and against all those
who would dissipate my entirety, would
blow me like thistledown hither and
thither or hither and thither
like water held in the
hands would spill me.

Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me.
Otherwise kill me.
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Spock The Vegan 24 September 2019
Great poem. If he were alive he could add " Don't let the abortionist come near me."
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Jayashree majumder 03 August 2019
Very nicely depicted louis
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Whyareyouhere? 19 January 2019
Like it or don't like it. Try and understand it or don't. I don't care how you feel about it, but it bothers me that so many of you think it's about abortion.
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Willem Ernst 05 January 2019
I am reminded of Mark Twain here: Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Also it has a ring of false sentimentality about it that I do not like at all. A certain kind of immorality. One could also consider it to be an abortion propaganda piece. I'm not sure about abortus but I AM against all forms of propaganda. ??
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van darkholme 10 September 2018
shuo zhe shou la ji de dou mei you ma ma de fei wu, gu er men
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olivia 27 June 2018
i hate this song it is bad
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olivia 27 June 2018
i meant realy realy bad
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Willem Ernst 06 January 2019
I agree; it is kind of immoral; in the sense of false sentimentality. A sort of baby abuse... ??
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steve 25 March 2019
You mean really, really, really, really bad? Incidentally, it's a poem not a song
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Beautiful and prophetic
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Sarat Kumar Sahoo 20 May 2018
It is nice and so meaningful Poem
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Madhuri Sahu 28 March 2018
This is a critically nice poem.
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