Life Insurance

Insure me, please, against my silliness,
against the common willy-nilly mess
invading lives despite the best advice.
I need a sound risk policy, for a price –
              Who knows an agent?
              You’ll know the grey gent.

A policy against a life in verse
with lots of praise to swell my empty purse,
against the view beyond my tidy fence
of beggar-bowls amidst the affluence –
              Where is the agent?
              You’ll meet the grey gent.

A policy against... questioning why,
a policy against... needing to sigh,
a policy to answer every threat
in life, from passion, treachery or debt –
              Who is the agent?
              Death is the grey gent.

Thomas Land

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