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Sunday, November 23, 2014


by Esther Greenleaf Murer

The common or garden good is a weed
strayed from a Communist plot.
Don’t believe those who loudly proclaim that we need
the common or garden good; it’s a weed
that threatens to crowd out the flowers of greed
by claiming our gains are ill-got.
So root out that noisome and noxious weed—
send it back to its commie plot.

Esther Greenleaf Murer is a relic of the 20th century. She lives in Philadelphia.