Copyright © 2018 by Marvin Cohen

Life being too complex to analyze,
I'll stop trying to cut it down to size
and simply accept reality
as a true pure fact of actuality,
but not along the lines of conformist normality.
I must really be myself.
How can I choose among my many selves,
like an embarrassment of unearned riches?
As a comedian, I'll have you all in stitches,
but a medical surgeon can also do that
provided you're truly injured to offer your skin
and have enough pain to wince when he punctures in.
Pain is only a partial essence of life.
There's plenty more, including mental strife;
also marital disorder, if you take a wife.