Things To Consider by Richard Livermore

I am very much afraid that when I get
to heaven, I’ll be the only one there.
So, if you please, I’d rather not.

I wouldn’t mind, but dogs are not allowed.
They wag their tails too often
and that’s considered impolite.

I think I’d rather be a cat
that makes its nest and goes to sleep
beneath the fourth star on the left.

• Biography: Richard Livermore was born in Sussex in 1944. He went to various boarding-schools and left at 15. He joined the Army, but was discharged 6 months later. He went from job to job and in 1974 to Newbattle Abbey College in Scotland. He has lived in Scotland ever since, except for 5 years in Spain. He has had numerous poems published in magazine and webzines in Britain and the USA, plus books by Lothlorien, Diehard and Chanticleer Press. He is presently retired.

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