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Poem of the week: Silkworms Work and Love Till Death by Peter Porter


Considering his vocation in old age, the poet reflects wryly on what he can expect from a lifetime’s work

Silkworms Work and Love Till Death

He kept a list of poems there were to write,
A personal list, imperative and sour –
Beyond his windows all was digital,
The nominative unpleasantness of thought
Recurred, he reasoned, every day in speech.
He feared the public knew the thing he was,
And one of those who would not be alone.

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