[From HUMANITAS, Volume VIII, No. 2, 1995 © National Humanities Institute]

The Necktie

William Wilborn

A man intrinsic as the thought
If A then B and so on
Will tie the hours in a knot,
A self-born Laocoön,

And feel them tighten like a noose
The leisure they permit him.
What if a day like something loose
In silk should merely fit him?

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