Since the fall out from the failed Christmas Day airline attack by the underwear bomber continues to reverberate within the beltway (see here, here and here), I thought Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Underwear” poem might come in handy. He writes, “don’t get emotional… don’t shout…. ” Video is from SpokenVerse:
Don’t be deceivedIt’s all based on the two-party systemwhich doesn’t allow much freedom of choicethe way things are set upAmerica in its Underwearstruggles thru the nightUnderwear controls everything in the end[…]There won’t be no real revolutionAnd poetry still the underwear of the soulAnd underwear still coveringa multitude of faultsin the geological sense—strange sedimentary stones, inscrutable cracks!If I were you I’d keep asidean oversize pair of winter underwearDo not go naked into that good nightAnd in the meantimekeep calm and warm and dryNo use stirring ourselves up prematurely‘over Nothing’Move forward with dignityhand in vestDon’t get emotionalAnd death shall have no dominionThere’s plenty of time my darlingAre we not still young and easyDon’t shout
Full text of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem is here.