Felix Dennis

Felix Dennis, Poet, Publisher and Tree Planter

We Spend So Long In Being…

We spend so long in being
	            what we should wish to be,
Erecting and enhancing
	            a thing that others see;
We keep so busy living
	            as some have said we must,
Perfecting and embracing
	            the sleepwalk of the just,
Concocting love and duty
	            for enemies and friends,
The prisoners of a jury
	            whose sentence never ends,
Too comfortable to alter
	            — as exiles, we defer,
For fear we might encounter
	            the ghost of who we were.

Dorsington, Warwickshire July 27, 2007

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