“Thou shalt not covet, but tradition approves all forms of competition”

THE LATEST DECALOGUE
~ by Arthur Hugh Clough

Though shalt have one god only, who
Would be at the expense of two?
No graven images may be
Worshipped, except the currency.
Swear not at all, for, for thy curse
Thine enemy is none the worse.
At church on Sunday to attend
Will serve to keep the world thy friend.
Honor thy parents, that is all
From whom advancement may befall.
Thou shalt not kill, but needst not strive
Officiously to keep alive.
Do not adultery commit,
Advantage rarely comes of it.
Thou shalt not steal, an empty feat,
When it’s so lucrative to cheat.
Bear not false witness, let the lie
Have time on its own wings to fly.
Thou shalt not covet, but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.

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Author: MDM

Michael Dennis Mooney is a student of humor and witticism in verse. At this site he is compiling a selection of the best works using extended metaphor in poetry, with a special interest in satire, parody, and humor. Suggestions are welcome. Send your citations of favorites, by email, to mike.mooney.home@gmail.com He has a site "New Writings" at http://jcbcast.blogspot.com And a site for essays, 'His Epistles To The Philistines" at http://tothephilistines.wordpress.com

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