Happy May Day! And National Poetry Month: Epilogue – Dana Gioia

For my National Poetry Month: Epilogue and May Day post, I would like to share a poet whom I have always admired and who had an excellent entry in Column 371 of the American Life in Poetry. Dana Gioia, who served as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, is an amazing poet and the below verse definitely proves that!

Pity the Beautiful

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies
granting their wishes.

Pity the pretty boys,
the hunks, and Apollos,
the golden lads whom
success always follows.

The hotties, the knock-outs,
the tens out of ten,
the drop-dead gorgeous,
the great leading men.

Pity the faded,
the bloated, the blowsy,
the paunchy Adonis
whose luck’s gone lousy.

Pity the gods,
no longer divine.
Pity the night
the stars lose their shine.

It’s so telling, especially in the “looksist” society we live in…Enjoy!

The full article can be found here.

;oD

Jamy

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