I Close My Eyes By David Ignatow

I close my eyes like a good little boy at night in bed,   
as I was told to do by my mother when she lived,
and before bed I brush my teeth and slip on my pajamas,   
as I was told, and look forward to tomorrow.

I do all things required of me to make me a citizen of sterling worth.   
I keep a job and come home each evening for dinner. I arrive at the   
same time on the same train to give my family a sense of order.

I obey traffic signals. I am cordial to strangers, I answer my   
mail promptly. I keep a balanced checking account. Why can’t I   
live forever?
David Ignatow, “I Close My Eyes” from Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994. Copyright © 1993 by David Ignatow. Reprinted with the permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994 (Wesleyan University Press, 1993)

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