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Monday's Poem

© 2010 Nausheen Eusuf

World Enough and Time

Well, if he did have world enough and time,
he'd be pretty bummed, I think. She'd be coy
as ever while he withers past his prime.
Stonehenge, the pyramids, the siege of Troy,
the rise and fall of Rome—he'd wait and wait
till the trumpets blow, and still not get laid.
So he tries to shock and provoke, but she's sedate
and unmoved. She's not so easily swayed
by specious tributes and phony praise.
She's no dumb blonde—she won't fall for that.
Lay on hyperbole thick as mayonnaise,
and she'll just smell a hypocritical rat.
So why not cut the crap and say it straight:
"I'm crazy about you—will you be my mate?"


Nausheen Eusuf is a graduate student at the University of Georgia. She holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and her poems have appeared in Acumen, Orbis, Mezzo Cammin, Poetry Salzburg Review, and other journals. "World Enough and Time" was previously published in The Interpreter's House 43.