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Through Self's Veneer: Poetry by Robert J. Nolan (drawing of two heads in profile facing each other)


A Faustian Bargain

I am the Agent for the Absolute;
For those who yearn to speak infallibly
I sell a contract no one dares confute.

Whether for the here or hereafter, I suit
My wordage to your time in history—
So astute is the Agent for the Absolute.

For those who feel their Age is dissolute,
Just sign with me and you’ll know certainly
Through my contract no one dares confute.

Through me it’s possible to substitute
Self-piety for Self-anxiety
As your royalty for being Absolute.

So don’t be vexed when entering some dispute;
Stick to your philosophy with ferocity—
You’re backed by a contract no one dares confute.

I can reverse the curse of Eden’s fruit
And rid the world of ambiguity:
For I’m the Agent for the Absolute,
Who sells a contract no one dares confute.


  Through Self’s Veneer


  About Robert J. Nolan



  © Robert J. Nolan, 2010