“Causation is a sequence and everything is one thing after another”

BELIEF
~ by Josephine Miles

Mother said to call her if the H bomb exploded
And I said I would, and it about did
When Louis my brother robbed a service station
And lay cursing on the oily cement in handcuffs.

But by that time it was too late to tell Mother,
She was too sick to worry the life out of her
Over why why. Causation is a sequence
And everything is one thing after another.

Besides, my other brother, Eddie,
had got to be the President,
And you can’t ask too much of one family.
The chances were as good for a good future
As bad for a bad one.

Therefore it was surprising that, as we kept
the newspapers from Mother,
She died feeling responsible for
a disaster unverified,
Murmuring, in her sleep as it seemed,
the ancient slogan
Noblesse oblige.

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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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