Sketch, Self-Portrait (2017-18)

The joy of finding oneself a simpleton

Of finding it all terribly complicated

I can handle only so little

Anymore than necessary seems such a bore

Almost as if complexities make me sneeze


Some may smirk

Or even find it quaint

But to me there’s no other way

The greater the grace the less the choice

I’m simply stuck on play

Can hardly see why it shouldn’t be

Interest rates?

Property values?

Health insurance?

Seems like such a waste of rhyme and reason

I prefer to not desire

Benefits package? O please

401ks and dividends?

Look at the birds and the bees

I’ve had enough to say

Chirps and buzzing are all I need

Enough, enough, with complexities

More mac and cheese, please


—Howard Hain




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