October 2, 2006

Poetry Monday

Ran across this while reading some Philip Larkin last night. It may or may not have reminded me of current Dartmouth politics. I do not mean for this to be an explicit commentary, and I surely dissent from at least one interpretation of the last stanza, but well, hear you go.

'Since the majority of me'

Since the majority of me
Rejects the majority of you,
Debating ends forthwith, and we
Divide. And sure of what to do

We disinfect new blocks of days
For our majorities to rent
With unshared friends and unwalked ways.
But silence too is eloquent:

A silence of minorities
That, unopposed at last, return
Each night with cancelled promises
They want renewed. They never learn.

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