national poetry month, day 4.

From the Manifesto of the Selfish


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.

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