Posts Tagged ‘running things’


I don’t want a hand
in running things — I’d rather
carry out small tasks

The poem begs the question whether I’m really protesting too hard. Is the poem really saying something more like ‘I want to be Prime Minister’? Ambition of one sort or another (spiritual ambition, on the whole, more than material ambition) has been a consistent theme in my life. Even in the years when I seemed to be reconciled to having nothing, living homeless on the street, preferring to do without money — even then I assuaged my own thirst for grandeur by believing I was in telepathic contact with Bill Clinton.