AS LONG AS IT'S NOT TERRIBLE

As long as it's not terrible
  Not dastardly or knavish
I should find it bearable
  Not bastardly or slavish.

I've had enough of badness
  That Satan and his boys do
I must avoid the sadness
  Of sort that destroys you.

With sage and steady hand I steer
  From every human vulture
Consider me no volunteer
  For pain or strife or torture.

To rack and reel, to live with zest
  I see as my life's errand
Of imperfection make the best
  Enjoying you my gerund.
© 2003 by Michael J. Farrand


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