fredag 18. februar 2011

Dikt: Choices

We've met the fun couples
Who own works of art
That are strawberry malteds in plaster,
And watch television
Only to see commercials,
And use words like life style and panache.

And we've met the boycott-the-supermarket people
Who oppose certain conservative instant puddings
And support certain progressive canned vegetables
In addition to voter registration, busing and immediate withdrawal

And we've met the above-reproach crowd
Who are signed up for
Heart disease,
A booth at the annual book fair,
And he goes to sewer meetings in tweed jackets
With leather elbow patches
While she exchanges recipes
At brunches.

And we've met the social leaders
Who know how to act at horse shows,
And their ancestors always come from the British Isles.

And we've met the self-improvers
Who buy quality paperbacks,
Season tickets to theaters in the round,
And Brentano reproductions.

And we can't decide
Who we want them to think
We are.

(Judit Viorst i It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty)

2 kommentarer:

  1. Dette har ikke med det fine diktet å gjøre, men mer rettet mot at du driver og graver ned bøker i hagen midt på natta.
    Da lo jeg godt.
    Jeg kan jo røpe at jeg ga meg med Wahlström etter 120 sider. Jeg synes han sriver godt, men jeg forstår ingenting.
    Vi får dele våre frustrasjoner på mandag.
    God helg!

  2. Coincidently, there is another story of the same name set in 19th century England. A love story but about the same theme! Its North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, I hope you also check it out! Thanks!

    Margaret Hale from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell is one of the extraordinary heroines of Classic Lit. Elizabeth Gaskell isn't quite as known or as celebrated as Dickens or the Brontes, people who had been big friends of hers, according to her biography, but she was a gifted writer in her own right and her talent shows in this wonderful gem which I will reread again in the not-so-distant future.


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