286. A Cute Poem

Q: I remember a poem that went something like this:

(Something something) are modern poets a delight
They only write what they will read and only read what they will write.
And thus they resemble those certain rare birds
who drink their own pee and eat their own turds

and leave it to others what purpose is served.

A: The poem (titled “A Cute Poem”) is from the September 1979 (Fall Potpourri) issue, part of an article called “P.J.’s Potpourri”, by P.J. O’Rourke.

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    As models of economy modern poets are a delight
    They write what only they will read and read only what they write.
    Thus they resemble those certain rare birds
    who drink their own pee and eat their own turds,
    achieving a wonderful self-sustainant state
    as they neatly dispose of the mess they create.
    Both the birds and the bards are a delight to observe,
    they conduct their consumption with gusto and verve
    and leave it to others what purpose is served.

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