We Are Selfish Beasts / I’m sorry, my children


We Are Selfish Beasts

It is better to be poor,

Than gain unrighteous wealth. For all mankind

Enjoy these common blessings, Air and Earth;

Nor ought we our own house with gold to fill,

By keeping fraudfully another’s right,

Or seizing it by violence.

Reprinted from The Plays of Euripides in English, vol. i. Trans. Shelley Dean MIlman. London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1920.

I’m sorry, my children

‘that is good,’ said the fish.

‘he has gone away. Yes.

But your mother will come.

She will find this big mess!

And this mess is so big

And so deep and so tall,

We can not pick it up.

There is no way at all!’

“Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss

Kristin Houlihan is an amateur poet who enjoys learning new forms and methods of writing. She is a wife and mother of four who writes mostly about fulfilling these roles as a newly-chronically-ill person. While she is on medical hiatus right now, she is a freelance copy editor and enjoys supporting independent authors and small presses. You can find Kristin tweeting about books, parenting, and chronic illness @theedifyingword.