With pants neatly cinched and curls not awry
After such sitting without discharging
After such texting without reflecting
O to have enjoyed some peace and quiet
O to have had all life by the thumbs
O and by the way
With after not even besmirching your bum – O
— Poem and drawing—done with acrylic paint and an umbrella tip—by William Eaton
∩ Title adapted from the closing lines of “Past one o’clock,” a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky as translated by Max Hayward and George Reavey.
In hours like these, one rises to address
The ages, history, and all creation.