Thursday, June 25, 2015

From the Manifesto of the Selfish

by Stephen Dunn
From his collection entitled Landscape at the End of the Century

Because altruists are the least sexy
     people on earth, unable
to say "I want" without embarrassment, 

we need to take from them everything
     they give,
then ask for more,

this is how to excite them, and because
     it's exciting
to see them the least bit excited

once again we'll be doing something
     for ourselves,
who have no problem taking pleasure,

always desirous and so pleased to be
     pleased, we who above all
can be trusted to keep the balance.