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Poem for Tuesday

The Unknown Citizen
By W. H. Auden

(To JS/07 M 378
This Marble Monument
Is Erected by the State)

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint,
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in a hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation.
And our teachers report that he never interfered with their education.
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

I'm sure many of us first discovered that poem in junior high school. On an equally serious note, Kristof in The New York Times on the disastrous situation about to unfold for the Kurds if Turkey agrees to let the U.S. make war from its borders.

It's SNOWING again. I can't believe it.

The wonderful carlajane has been posting links to Japanese LOTR fan art over at rugbytackle. Here are two of my recent favorites from this site: Aragorn and Boromir, hugging and thumb-wrestling!

Speaking of rugbytackle, everyone here knows I don't read RPS, right? Good. Because I just had to have this quiz in my LJ (gacked from karelian), and am rather amused that the quiz writers can't seem to tell the difference between the actors and characters anyway...

They're the two men. They've got something to bond
over, and they've got something in common. You
love seeing the camaraderie and the
Which Lord of the Rings RPS pairing is your favourite?
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