ImperativeThe thing to remember is howtentative all of this really is.You could wake up dead.Or the woman you lovecould decide you're ugly.Maybe she'll finally give uptrying to ignore the wayyou floss your teeth as youwatch television. All I'm sayingis that there are no sure things here.I mean, you'll probably wake up alive,and she'll probably keep putting offany actual decision about your looks.Could be she'll be glad your teethare so clean. The morning couldbe full of all the love and kindnessyou need. Just don't go thinkingyou deserve any of it.
Cairns, Scott. "Imperative" philokalia: new & selected poems. Lincoln, Nebraska: Zoo Press, 2002.