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One of those poems which baffles the poet himself. I think I must be making fun of myself? Should I be angry about that?

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A very funny poem--could be describing me!

The Moderate

I am a moderate.
I wouldn't want to live forever,
But I wouldn't mind seeing my third century.

I'm a moderate.
I don't think slime molds and viruses should get the vote,
But I wouldn't deny it to dogs and porpoises.

I'm a moderate.
I don't think the government should be overthrown on mere whim,
Unless it goes so far as to lie to us.

I'm a moderate.
I think all sorts of crackpot ideas should be allowed free expression,
Though I draw the line at organized religion.

I'm a moderate.
I don't insist that you worship no other gods,
As long as I get my own sacrifices regularly.

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